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Eddie has authored several articles on numerous farming subjects. He was
gracious to share one of his articles regarding Beardies.
Stockmen With Beardies
International Sheepdog News. Vol. 4.
No. 1. Jan/Feb 2006.
Permission Granted by Eddie and by
Andrew Hall, Editor of International Sheepdog News
to be reproduced on this website only.
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below the image of the actual article for the sake of clarity.
Eddie is proud of his logo to accompany his writings: cattle
with two dogs and a shepherd.
"Here is a photo of my two Beardie pups, Meg
and Gem, at 6 months old. Food has been put out on the side of
the fence where the sheep are. The pups are encouraged to keep
the sheep off the food. The fence will prevent the pups from
getting to the sheep."
"This exercise will pay dividends later when
the pups are much older, as they will know what is expected of
them when feeding out-wintering stock. It will also be useful
when feeding cattle both outside and inside because we know what
it is like being pushed and shoved by hungry cattle which can be
In the photo, Gem is looking back at me as
if to say 'I should be gathering the sheep, not keeping them
away.' The two pups are as different as chalk and cheese; Gem
ever eager to listen and keen to learn and easy to correct,
taking after her father Dewi, who also had a laid back approach
to life, but with power which can be turned on when required.
Meg, however, is out of the same mold as her mother, Jess, who
also at 6 months was like a runaway train at times and took a
lot of handling. Meg is like her mother. You
would think that butter would not melt in her mouth, and she is
afraid of nothing—be it store cattle, suckler cows with
calves, ewes with lambs or stock rams. To date I am pleased with
the way both pups are progressing, as I can do most tasks with
either, allowing for youthful keenness. I can see that in the
not too far distant future, this pair will complement one