Blog | August 29, 2006

Chico introduces the farm dog of the week.

Thanks so much to all of you who responded to my last blog. I decided that I want to feature some of the farm dogs I’ve heard from.

This week’s featured farm dog is Rex.

Here’s a little bit about Rex: “Rex is a 5 year old Border Collie who works on his family’s diversified farm in north central Massachusetts. Rex has great skill and intensity at herding sheep and cows and has been competing in the sheepherding trial circuit in the northeast. He’s quite the charmer and is very wiggly when his tail starts going.”

Rex sure looks like he knows what he’s doing! This past weekend, I got a taste of what herding is all about when I visited my friend at his farm. John raises beef cattle at River Rock Farm, in Brimfield, Massachusetts. Unfortunately I was not able to try my hand at herding: John’s cows herded me right out of their field!

Mom and dad prefer John’s beef, which they buy direct from John or at farmers markets all around the city of Boston. John’s a real cool guy; he’s a young farmer—just about 30 years old—and he’s running his own farm operation and doing a great job! John’s cattle are pastured raised and they don’t get artificial growth hormones, growth stimulants, or artificial or antibiotic feed additives. That means John’s beef is good for you! And man does it taste good (when I’m a good boy, I get table scraps!)!

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