Meet and Greet the Lambs June 6

Heatherhope Farm invites everyone to “Meet and Greet the Lambs 2015” set for Saturday, June 6, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

We have 50 sheep on hand with 19 of them being lambs born the first few weeks of April. The very last one born has a nervous mother who isn’t too good at nursing her lamb, so we have been giving her a bottle. This will make her easy to call and catch for the children to pet.

It's great fun to pet a lamb. Photo by M. Gezing

It’s great fun to pet a lamb. Photo by M. Gezing

This event will be a go rain or shine, so be sure to dress for whatever comes. If it happens to be very wet we will spend more time in the house, but also go out for quick looks at the lambs and perhaps join some in the barn.

We will have some free beverages and snacks, but you are also invited to bring your own favorite foods and beverages for an entire lunch.

We will, of course, also invite you to meet and greet Smeagol, the fat cat, and the dogs (Border Collies Cap, Abbie, Bess, Nell, Spot, Betty and Hector and our six month-old Zac along with trusty sheep-guardian dogs, Frodo and Bilbo, who was born last July 4th) and watch them herd and guard the flock. They love to snuggle too.

If you bring your own dogs, please keep them on the leash unless invited to do otherwise. If the weather is good you can take a long walk around the back hay field.

We’ll have some games and toys for the kids too, but we hope all ages will enjoy a great time watching the lambs frolic and the dogs do a little herding.

Feel free to invite friends to join you. Of course there is never an admission charge for this. We love having visitors. But we do ask that, if you can, you call (815-895-9736) or e-mail us ( to let us know how many will be coming.

You can call for directions if you don’t know the way to our place, or you can just click on the “Directions” tab at the top of any page of this web site to find written directions and an interactive map.

We would love it if you could join us!

Young lambs delight in putting their new legs to the test! Photo by John

Young lambs delight in putting their new legs to the test! Photo by John

About John

John is a retired pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America who has served congregations for over 40 years, including in rural, suburban, campus ministry and urban settings. His love of Border Collie sheepdogs has been fortified by his many friendships with shepherds all around the world. Nothing he has ever or will ever accomplish is as significant as the patience God, his wife and his friends have shown in putting up with his deficiencies.
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