||Willie Cameron uses an all-terrain 4-by-4 to shepherd the Christ's sheep into a large barn to be sorted. After being penned up together for ten weeks for mating, the rams and left need to be separated again.
|| Jim Christ, left, reflects on the day's work and what was left to be done with David, center, and Jamie Cameron. The three had just finished the final section of the herd and now had to count the sheep before returning them to the pastures.
||Jesse, the Christs' sheepdog, peeks over a fence at the sheep inside the barn. "Sometimes she's more trouble than she's worth," David said, but added that she makes their work a lot easier and faster when she listens.
||Trapped inside the barn, the sheep have nowhere to go but into the smaller pens set up to separate the sheep so the can be looked at one at a time. Herding sheep around in a barn is as simple as chasing them away from corners and yelling loudly.
||Jamie Cameron checks a sheep for signs of aging. Ewes are separated from the rest of the group if they are too old to produce any more offspring, which is determined by the condition of their teeth or their utters. If an ewe is too old, she is marked with spray-paint and later sent to the slaughterhouse.
||While checking and counting sheep, Jamie also trims the hoofs if they are too long. Sheep's hoofs are made of the same thing as our fingernails, and also have to be kept relatively short so that they don't hurt themselves with them.
||Teeth and udders are used to determine the age and condition of the ewes.
||Two Sheep stand in the rain outside of the barn where groups of the herd were being separated, checked for age and fertility, counted and, with the exception of those sent to the slaughterhouse, led back to the pastures.
|| Father and son Jim, right, and David Christ follow their sheep and Jesse to the lower pastres on the Cameron's land. After counting the young and healthy sheep, they move the ewes to another area, separate from the rams, to give birth and raise their calves for the rest of the year.