So I am temporarily disabled because of my back so this is giving me lots of time to think about shepherding and disabilities/aging. We have always been contemplating ways to work smarter, not harder. But with hungry critters depending on us, further planning is in order.
So I have been asking fellow shepherds about their ideas. Mostly I have been wondering about a different shearing/milking stand to minimize bending and lifting. I have been looking into homemade, winched and hydraulic stands with ramps or chutes.
I have been looking into websites that have ideas for truly disabled farmers. There’s the Breaking New Ground Resource Center and the National AgrAbility Project. There is also a publication I will order called the Toolbox with agricultural tools, equipment, machinery & buildings for farmers and ranchers with physical disabilities.