Thursday, March 12, 2009


We actually sheared two days ago, but I didn't have time to blog before shearing, so just play along with me and pretend.

The weekend before shearing it rained the entire weekend. We had lakes and ponds and running rivers all over the property (and we normally don't have any bodies of water on this particular piece of land). Fortunately, we are on sloping land, so the water mostly runs through to the neighbors. I was going to take some pictures of that, but didn't feel like standing out in the downpour. Sunday night, it changed to snow. Because of the inclement weather, we had 96 sheep confined to various barns in preparation for shearing. These pictures are all from the barn here by the house. We had a dozen Shetlands and 67 assorted "big, white sheep" confined there for almost four days.

Cappuccino on the left, Brie in the back and Lavender in the center:

Pichu, Cappuccino, Brie and Lavender:

I can't identify the entire group here, as I can't see all of the heads. Saffron is the white ewe in the back, Maia is the musket ewe sort of in the center. I think the grey right in front is Pichu and the dark brown on the right is Sparx. But the fleeces sure looked nice "on the hoof" this year. I am looking forward to seeing them on the skirting table.

Another group shot. The dark faced ewe at the front of the picture is Sparx, to the right of her, Cappuccino.

Now on to the group of BWS. Well, this ewe is actually not white. This is one of our colored Coopworths.

And now a few shots of the remaining 66 BWS. I had thought they would be crowded in the barn, but we had plenty of room, even with those huge fleeces on them. They all look pretty good this year. Looking forward to seeing these fleeces on the skirting table, too!

Shearing is scheduled for Tuesday, March 10 (like I said, pretend it's not the 10th yet!) Roger should be here between 7:00 and 7:30 am. The weather is supposed to be rainy, but the temperatures are supposed to be in the upper 40's or low 50's. It will sure beat those years when the temperatures were in the single digits!

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