During my five days at the monastery, I stayed in a little guest cottage over by the sheep barn. A the end of April, the sheep barn is an exciting place to be. About a dozen pens are set up under the high metal roof. When one of the ewes in the barnyard goes into labor, Brother Tractor will herd her into a pen, and there she will give birth. The ewe and the newborn lambs stay in the barn for about 24 hours, while the newborns struggle to their feet and learn to nurse. As soon as he sees that the babies are eating, Brother Tractor will send a ewe and her lambs out to the pasture to make room for the next laboring sheep.