Life on the Farm

Daily Routine

Life on the Farm

The daily routine of a sheep farmer is a marathon in of itself, and at the end of that day a healthy farm, and family is the proof of a job well done. Beginning just before dawn and ending long after dark, Jake is constantly put to the test.

"Every day I leave traces of myself and my work all over Topsy; from the fence posts to the stone walls, to the animals themselves. When my time comes my legacy will be these thousands of marks I have left scattered across Topsy all saying the same thing: ‘I was here’."

Watch of choice

Large Diver's Automatic (GSAR) - 41mm

Watch of choice

"My GSAR is the perfect fit for my everyday, and one of my most reliable pieces of equipment on the farm. Whether I’m checking in on the sheep, responding to an island emergency or taking one of my sons to prom, my GSAR has been my ultimate companion through the journey of life."

Morning Security CheckS

surveying the land

Morning Security CheckS

Each farm has its own knot, as unique as a fingerprint. Only the farmers and farmhands know their farm’s knot. When Jake or team sees a fence post tied incorrectly, they know someone has trespassed across Topsy land and will investigate.

Featured: The Jumbo Diver's Quartz (JSAR) - 46mm

Breakfast of Champions

Tending to the animals

Breakfast of Champions

Each morning the animals need to be accounted, given a quick health check and fed. For some of the animals this is an easy task but others it can a chore onto itself. For the highland cattle –Willow and Cedar, A simple whistle is all it takes to make them come running. As equally fond of feeding time as they are of back scratches, these two host daily classes for school children and tourist delivering a glimpse into life on the farm.

Featured: The Black Pilot's Navigator with Date - 41mm

the flock

Daycare is in session

the flock

The Topsy team and Jake inspect the flock 3-4 times a day. This time of year, most of the mothers have given birth and are attending to their newborns, so the Topsy team will check in to ensure each lamb is accounted for and is being properly cared for. Sometimes the team will find a lamb separated from its mother and will reunite it. This can be interesting experience as you cannot get your scent on the lamb, instead you must call to it like its mother would, getting the lamb to follow you over to its mother. In some cases, the mother can’t provide proper care and they must bring it inside and nurse it till it is able to care of itself.

Featured: The Large Diver's Automatic (GSAR) - 41mm

Always on call

Farm living 24/7

Always on call

As co-owner of the farm and a first responder on the island, the 9-5 life has never really been a thing for Jake. When you work the land, you are always on call.

"Whether it’s an unexpected grass fire you need to suit up for, or a coyote warning you need to hop on the ATV to check out, farming is truly 24/7. People might think that’s crazy but it’s just our way of life. I don’t think about it, I just live it"

Featured: The Jumbo Diver's Quartz (JSAR) - 46mm