Yesterday I posted a rather down hearted post about keeping sheep.
Reading the comments was great, some from both sides of the fence and there was one that really struck a cord with me from "Mr Home Maker" It read-
"...and then there is the continuation of shepherding/husbandry skills from one generation to another - it's not all about $$"
To be honest I need to keep sheep for nothing more than that.
I want my children to have a similar "extra" set of skills when they're adults to what was given to me.
They don't even have to use these skills in later life, but they'll be there if they ever have to. Growing up keeping stock makes you look at things differently, their view of the countryside will be shaped because of it.
Growing up with stock for me was great, one of the main reasons was because it meant I got to spend a lot of time with my dad, I had friends saying they didn't really know their own father growing up, whereas I'd spend hours and hours every week with mine (that's not saying we always got on during my late teen years mind...).
Also I was asked my opinion on things from a young age, not only that my opinion was often listened to. If I was checking the sheep and spotted something then my dad would act on what I said, it really gave me a sense of responsibility early on in life.
So I'm sorry for the down beat post yesterday. I sometimes need to step back and look at the bigger picture and thank you for all your comments yesterday and making me do that.