Barton Hill Farm Gazette

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Meet our little Dorper flock

Everyone has to earn their keep on the farm and these sheep don’t get a free ride! They are responsible for keeping our lovely cottonwood-shaded lawns trimmed neatly, and we think they love working at the farm.Dorpers are an interesting breed originating in South Africa. No, our flock is not imported; these are Texan sheep. We chose this breed because they have a thick skin that protects sheep under harsh climatic conditions — kinda like we may have during a toasty Central Texas summer. Folks tell us that Dorper sheet are quite smart and easy to work with.

So, what does this have to do with President Woodrow Wilson and the White House? Well, he brought a flock of sheep to graze on the grounds during World War I, saving manpower from not cutting the grass and ultimately earning more than $50,000 for the Red Cross through an auction of their wool.  Here’s the story … from WhiteHouseHistory.org.

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