Boots and Heels Blog: Training Sheepdogs with Emma Gray


As many people know, farming can typically be an isolating and difficult job and as a rule, I’m studying the true worth of getting a canine as a companion. For Emma Gray and Ewan Irvine, their farming journey has been adopted by many, with their look on BBC’s This Farming Life, and has lately seen them transfer to the small Isle of Bute alongside their pack of canine.

But how is farming on an island completely different to engaged on the mainland and is isolation a better subject due to this?

On our Boots and Heels Tour, Becca and I set sail (on Becca’s first ever ferry trip) to search out out precisely how they’re discovering their new enterprise.

About the creator

Boots and Heels: Lizzie

Coming, as I do, from a non-farming household, I’m the “heels” within the Boots and Heels duo.
Neither my background nor my selection of footwear might ever maintain again my ardour for farming, although.  I joined the agricultural world virtually 4 years in the past in a advertising function for the poultry sector. I used to be instantly hooked on this good business, and I now work as neighborhood editor for Farmers Weekly, the place I can unfold the phrase!  Through “Boots and Heels”, Becca and I intention to show that to everybody with an curiosity in the place our meals comes from.

Life on an Island

Arriving on the Isle of Bute, we have been stunned to see an array of homes, busy outlets, and individuals; shocked by the now eliminated picture we had of huge grassland with only a few homes.

We drove onward, discovering an exquisite cottage positioned by a small beach- the kind of place I proceed to dream of finally residing in.

Greeted by Emma and Ewan, the pair welcomed us earlier than giving us a tour of the farm. Immediately, I used to be struck with Emma’s resemblance to Lady Gaga in ‘A Star is Born’ which she was flattered by.

In half 1, of the episode, you may hear all about how Emma and Ewan are adapting to their new life on an island.

Feeding the sheep… in a skirt

Next up, we got the duty of feeding the sheep and as I checked out my apparel of a maxi skirt and wellies, I knew this was going to be an fascinating job.

I gave it my finest, however I’ll admit, you actually do must be match to be a farmer. The weight of the baggage have been heavy and as I watched Becca deal with them with ease, it grew to become obvious that this was no straightforward process for the heels of the duo.

However, I carried on working laborious and lifting the baggage to feed the hungry sheep- it’s honest to say I used to be fairly pleased with myself.

You can see the complete video under, watch us assistance on farm and discover out about Emma and Ewan’s ideas on natural.

Team Boots VS Team Heels

Finally, because the rain clouds rolled in, threating to drench us, we adopted Emma to see how she trains her sheepdogs.

Did you realize that you need to use canine to herd cows in addition to sheep? I used to be blown away by the prospect of my very own ‘cowdog’.

Bringing Gray, her younger and enthusiastic sheepdog with us, we entered the pen for coaching. The floor thundered as Gray herded the flock and I used to be left in awe watching Emma pilot.

We have been then taught the essential instructions of working with a sheepdog and left to the take a look at. You can watch the primary Team Boots VS Team Heels problem right here to see who was topped champion.

Overall, it was an eye-opening expertise to see the mind of sheepdogs and how laborious each they and their coach’s work. I’m very grateful to Emma and Ewan for giving us the possibility to work on farm and attempt our hand at working with Gray.

Plus, I’m nonetheless hoping for a Lady Gaga autograph.


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