Thursday, April 30, 2009

Annual Naked Day

For weeks now the sheep have been itching themselves on anything that would not move, mostly the fencing. So hanging from the fencing you see lots of wool- the bird nets are going to be extra soft and warm this year!
Last year
was our first year dealing with shearing and wool. Knowing a little more about what the heck we are doing, this year seemed much better. The guy who sheared was amazing, he was so good with our ewe's. It took him an hour to shear all of them and cost us $30 for set up and a $3 a head. Last year the shearer bought our wool, this year I am keeping it. I have a couple people that are interested in it otherwise the rest is looking for homes- if you or anyone you know is interested let me know.

Before:This is Elvis- named for those sideburns

Shearing is important for keeping cool in the warmer months but also it is important before lambing. Being new to raising sheep, having an experienced shearer is so important, he was able to tell us if our sheep have a good body score ( if they are too fat or too skinny). He was also able to tell us who was bagging up (starting to get milk for when they lamb). With all that wool it is hard to tell. Only one of our ewes was a little on the heavy side, but nothing to worry about, and only one ewe is not bagging, but she is a last years lamb so not something to be concerned about. I really love watching the sheep being sheared he makes it look so easy, and I am so sure it is not. I think some of our sheep were about the same size as this guy.

During and After:

What no volunteers?

You can see the lanolin in one of here scent glads that she has on either side of her udders.

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