Photographs by Alan Showalter
Today we had our shearing day. The first step was to catch the unshorn sheep in the barn to try to dry them out for 24 hours. The next step is to catch them one by one (while your mother-in-law laughs). Tom and Eliz were the sheep catchers.
Next is holding the sheep while awaiting the prior sheep to be done.
You can pick hay bits off of naughty sheep while you are waiting.
Then the sheep are sheared.
Denise above was our wool gatherer extraordinaire. I was the broom gal and sheep identifier.
Here is most of the crew in action.
There is a chicken inspecting the work.
After each animal is sheared, Joe escorted them out of the barn.
And the shorn sheep stand in the pasture looking a little bewildered.
We finished up with two Nigora goats.
Here is the ram group looking mighty small after their shearing.
It was then time for pizza and hard cider. Following that the wool was all laid out to dry.
Another shearing day is done. But our work has just begun as we need to dry these fleeces then skirt, weigh and judge them. But the big first step is over and it went quite well, thanks to our great shearing team!