Shearing Day…

Wow!! What a day!  We had a five man and one woman crew hit the farm this afternoon with the single mission of shearing.  They did an outstanding job and had all 110 sheep nekid within an hour.  We weren’t able to get a shearer in this fall so it was a great relief to have it done today, about a month or so before lambing will start.  Here are some pictures of this afternoon, mostly taken by my 11 year-old, Garrett!

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Here comes the snow…

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The older kids moving the sheep up the shoots to the shearing plant…

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Mark pushing them from behind

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Hayden and I moving them in…

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Waiting their turns…

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The gate keeper…

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Shearing happened  a bit earlier than what I had hoped to have them shorn but the crew was coming through our area.  We missed fall shearing and rather than miss spring shearing and then really worry about them overheating this summer we went ahead and had it done.  The sheep might get a bit cool, but we have lots of places for them to get out of the cold and stay toasty.  We also have put down a couple of extra-large round straw bales out for them to nestle into.  Luckily the weather forecast is supposed to keep warming up and be in the mid 40′s with lows in the mid 30′s.  Thankfully no rain is in the forecast.

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Calypso looks just thrilled…

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9 comments on “Shearing Day…

  1. hi those poor sheep bet they miss their sweaters.I love your photography would make a brilliant book. Tracy Tracy Cook Dancing Aspens Farm Blog wrote:

    Dancing Aspens Farm posted: “Wow!! What a day!  We had a five man and one woman crew hit the farm this afternoon with the single mission of shearing.  They did an outstanding job and had all 110 sheep nekid within an hour.  We weren’t able to get a shearer in this fall so it was a gr”

  2. Beautiful pics. Sheep shearing looks like a big job! (Stopping by from Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop)

  3. Pat says:

    Wow! Great job showing all the work that goes into shearing day!

  4. Leanne says:

    don’t the sheep get cold? I keep llamas and I always thought I needed to wait until the weather was warmer. Of course that usually means an emergency shearing party when an unexpected heat wave shows up!

  5. The sheep might get a bit cold, but we have lots of places for them to get out of the cold and have put down a couple of extra large round straw bales out for them to nestle into. This is a bit earlier than what I had hoped to shear but the crew was coming through our area. We missed fall shearing and rather than miss spring shearing and then really worry about them overheating this summer we went ahead and had it done. Luckily the weather forecast is suppose to be in the mid 40’s with lows in the mid 30’s.

  6. gstuppy says:

    What gorgeous photos! The look so naked and even though it is probably a bit chilly, I bet it feels good to get all that itchy wool off!

  7. gardenoflisa says:

    They look so cold now! But cute…very cute 🙂 Thanks for sharing this on The HomeAcre Hop!!! Can’t wait to see what you share this coming Thursday 🙂 Here’s the super easy link to the next hop!
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/02/the-homeacre-hop-8.html

    If you haven’t checked out Wildcrafing Wednesday yet, please do! 🙂 It’s a hop I co-host for herbal remedies, natural living, real food recipes, and self sufficient living. Here’s the link for tomorrow’s hop:
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/02/wildcrafting-wednesday-10.html

  8. gardenoflisa says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this on The Creative HomeAcre! I can’t wait to see what you share next time at…
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/02/the-creative-homeacre-hop-5.html

  9. […] Post-shearing… (if you missed our shearing experience last week go here) […]

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