Gentle as a lamb

FTLComm - Tisdale - Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Donna Bromm has traded some of her family's goats for this ewe and her female twin lambs. She dropped by late Saturday afternoon to show us her prize and we were thrill to see up close these remarkable but extremely ordinary animals.

Ages ago people maintained their civilisation on herding sheep and to this day all around the world people still depend on raising sheep for their wool, milk and meat. Sheep have been raised here in Canada and were excellent for small farms but in my lifetime there are fewer and fewer farms raising these peaceful simple and very gentle animals.


I was struck by being to see and touch the lambs and my daughter-in-law held one in her arms and fed it from a bottle. We have so rapidly seen our world change from an agrarian one to this semi-urban reality were chickens and pigs are raised in enormous factory buildings and cattle in mechanised feed lots. We really need to touch, see and smell first hand the animal life that makes our lives possible.

For a few minutes Saturday we got in touch with reality and it was good.

Timothy W. Shire


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