On the lam, and over the mountain

  • The group of sheep purchased from the Connolly Brother’s dairy farm by Plowshare are missing two of their bretheren, who busted out and have been wandering the area since early May. —Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 7:40PM

There are lambs on the loose.

“We own renegade lambs,” said Kimberly Dorn, director of Plowshare Farm in Greenfield. “They’re teenagers. That age where we do stupid things.”

Since the first week of May, the staff at Plowshare Farm in Greenfield and the farmers at Connolly Brothers Dairy Farm have been chasing after a group of escaped sheep – a grown ewe and two lambs about six months old – that escaped almost immediately after being sold and leased from Connolly Brothers to Plowshare.

For a few weeks, they three were occasionally sighted around the neighborhood of Plowshare, but were too wily to be caught. And then, for awhile, nothing.

Until almost a month to the day, when a neighbor of Chris Connolly called him to ask if he was missing any sheep. The mini herd had made their way either over or around Temple Mountain to come home to the Connolly Brothers Farm.

Sightings rolled in. Connolly’s wife was approached by a Peterborough resident saying she’d seen them. The monks that tend the Temple Forest Monestary found them sleeping in one of the property’s old horse sheds, but were unable to shut them in in time.

And while the ewe, which had been loaned to Plowshare for an education purpose and rightfully belongs to the Connollys, was recovered – eager to respond to the shake of a grain bucket and climb into the Connolly Brother’s trailer – the young ones were more weary and refused to be coaxed. Afraid of panicking them when they were adjascent to the busy Route 101, Connolly spent several days attempting to gentle the lambs by leaving them feed and getting them used to humans again, but the two once again took off.

Then for some time, no word on where they might be.

Until another neighbor called with a sighting. But not one of the Connolly’s neighbors. One of Plowshares. The lambs, now on their own, had made their way back over or around the mountain and back into the Greenfield neighborhood they’d escaped from.

“It’s so weird that they came back over the mountain like that. I think the lambs know somehow that they’re supposed to be with us,” said Dorn.

Well, as long as they can catch them first.