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The Dogs of Windcutter Down: One Shepherd's Struggle for Survival

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"There is no good flock without a good shepherd, and no good shepherd without good dogs."

These age-old words of wisdom have always guided Devon sheep farmer David Kennard. But as he battles to save his farm from extinction, they take on a greater weight than ever.
The storm clouds are already gathering when Borough Farm suffers a series of disastrous setbacks that threate
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Hardcover, 276 pages
Published March 20th 2007 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published September 11th 2006)
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Kate
"There is no good flock without a good shepherd, and no good shepherd without good dogs."

"These age-old words of wisdom have always guided Devon sheep farmer David Kennard. But as her battles to save his farm from extinction, they resonate more loudly -- and unexpectedly -- than ever. David knows he will be able to rely, as always, on his faithful sheepdogs Greg,Swift, Gail, Fern and Ernie. But even he is surprised when the dogs -- aided and abetted by eccentric newcomer Jake -- prove to be Boro
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Smokinjbc
Aug 29, 2007 Smokinjbc rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in dogs/sheep/farm life
This book is a light read but sheds light on the human side of the Foot & Mouth Disease outbreak in the UK. The shepherd (also the author)is struggling to hold onto his family's sheep holding by warding off sheep disease, government bureacrats, the occasional stray tourist's dog and stray sheep that make a good deed turn into a nightmare. Respect for the land, the dogs and the sheep is reflected in each chapter as well as respect for the old timers who have weathered the worst of it and stil ...more
Diana Baker
Not as much about personal relationships in this book as I would have preferred. I am glad I pushed myself through it because I learned a lot about raising sheep and working outdoors in England 365 days per year. I also learned how central sheepdogs are to shepherding and the close connection between the shepherd and the dogs.
NC
I liked both of the books by this author. A real life look at farming from one who does it for a living. Makes me grateful for my life and for this author's sharing.
M Duncan
One man and his dogs. Brilliant if you love Border Collies and farm tales.
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David Kennard and his family farm at Borough Farm on the beautiful, rugged North Devon coast. The farm is home to a flock of 700 breeding ewes, plus their lambs which graze across over 400 acres. Working with David is his team of 9 sheepdogs, ranging from retiree Fern, now 11 years old, down Zola and Colin who were born in February 2011.

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