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BevLive: The Finals, Day 1

Amanda is my hero today. She and Roz had an extremely difficult ewe and handled her so well they managed to end up second for the day.

Joe and I didn’t have near their troubles and didn’t do as well. Joe was a very good boy. He pushed on a bit a couple of times but really kept his head. All the sheep were facing him at the pen and refusing to go in. Since my poor navigation had caused us to miss two panels we really needed the pen. Joe kept his cool and pushed the hussys in. Our score isn’t great but I’m hopeful it will be enough to get us into the semi finals. In any case, I’m over the moon with my boy.

The sheep don’t look that difficult but brought some to the top dogs down today. They move freely but don’t bend much at all and need the dogs to push to change their line of travel. They are usually hard in the shed, doing a lot of spinning around as the handlers try to line them out. The flock is quite mixed in appearance, running from Cheviot types to Suffolk with much in between. They remained quite even as the day warmed with the highest score in the heat of the day. They definitely penned easiest on the morning though. Remember these are just my opinions, and I expect everyone here would have a different take on the ovine part of the competition. One thing we’ll all agree on though is that the second drive gate is incredibly hard to judge. Wasn’t helped that some sheep ate one of our prime landmarks.

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