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.Sheep are not usually credited with .much reasoning capacity (writes a correspondent to the "Weekly Scotsman") and their want of intelligence is often obvious; but an accident which a well.knov\ m Border farmer related to me the other day gives remarkable proof of memory and instinct on the part of two Oheviot ewes. On a farm near the Carter Fell it has been the custom of the tenant for some seasons past to .send the ewes to turnips at his farm at Teviotdale, some dozen miles away. Last spring, as in former years, the ■ewes were driven down the Jed valley on the Ist of March, but this year the shifting of the stock was delayed for .a, few days. On the Ist of March, when "looking on the hill," the shepliertl noticed that two of his flock were awanting, and on the following Wednesday, when taking the sheep into rJ£eviotdale, he learned that the two ftiissing ewes had been seen on the Saturday previous at Camptown—two miles distant from their home grazings—and Jater, at Hundalee Mill, close to Jedburgh. From that point no further .trace of the wanderers was discovered at the time, but on Sunday the 9th, ihree days after the arrival of the main flock, they turned up at their owner s %ftby' 'farm, and were soon feeding rffpng the rest on the turnip break.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9611, 16 May 1919

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Page 5 Advertisements Column 1 Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9611, 16 May 1919