Wovember Words #15
Today’s Wovember Word was brought to my attention by Cecilia Hewett.
Hefting (or heafing) – the instinct in some sheep breeds of keeping to a certain heft (a small local area) throughout their lives. Allows different farmers in an extensive landscape such as moorland to graze different areas without the need for fences, each ewe remaining on her particular area. Lambs usually learn their heft from their mothers.
Image submitted to the Wovember 2012 Gallery by and © Ros Steven
There is a beautiful short film, HEFTED, commissioned by Eden Arts as a companion piece to their FLOCK project. The accompanying notes say: “Have you ever wondered how the flocks of sheep on the fells are separated from one another by the farmers without using walls and fences? A HEFTED flock is one that stays in the same place. The HEFTED sheep simply don’t wander far from where they were born, it is as if they belong to that piece of land. We were inspired by this notion and it made us think about how people are HEFTED too. This film explores that theme.”