2018 Shearing Day

This is the biggest day of the farm year for me (and probably the sheep as well).  We contained the sheep in the barn yesterday when it was warm and sunny.  Naturally on shearing day the weather turned wet and cold.  Our shearer started early.  Warning:  there are lots of photos.

Moll

Moll

Heidi

Heidi

Denise is our wool gatherer.

Denise with Maybelle fleece

Denise with Maybelle’s fleece

Bambam

Bambam

Hodor

Hodor

Ewegenie

Ewegenie

Harlen

Harlen

Jemima

Jemima

Jewel

Jewel

We have to shear our old sheep too, even if their wool may no longer be valuable.

Wilma

Wilma

Dete

Dete

Jet

Jet

Here are the bags of wool starting to pile up.

bags of wool

bags of wool

Here are some of the shorn sheep.

sheared sheep

shorn sheep

Probably my favorite photo of the day.  My step dad Al was the photographer, and he did a great job.

Madonna

Madonna

Amanda

Amanda

Tom was the sheep catcher, and my mom picked the wool before shearing.

Tom and Elin

Tom and Mom

Huey

Huey

Here is most of the shearing crew minus Eliz, the sheep releaser, and Al, the photographer.

shearing crew

shearing crew

Diddley, our friendliest sheep, was trying to woo all the ladies of the crew.  We think he was trying to convince us that he really did not need a haircut.

Mom and Diddley

Mom and Diddley

But here he is being picked just before shearing.

picking Diddley

picking Diddley

And here he is being shorn.

Diddley

Diddley

And here is Eliz, our sheep releaser, in action.

Eliz letting sheep out

Eliz letting sheep out

The two Nigora goats were shorn last.  Unfortunately they both have felted so bad that I will just throw their fiber away.

Mr D

Mr. D

shearing crew2

The last animal shorn

Then we moved the wool bags out of the barn so the sheep could go back in, out of the cold rain.

carryign bags of wool

carrying bags of wool

We enjoyed a Welsh breakfast which I will describe in my next post.  Then I spread out 21 fleeces to be dried.

kitchen wool

kitchen wool

living room wool

living room wool

Now it is time to relax.

 

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8 Responses to 2018 Shearing Day

  1. Jeanne says:

    WOW! Everyone must be exhausted at the end of all that! How long did it take?

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  2. eliz martin says:

    Not exhausted at all, it happened so fast….and the reward, a very interesting new adventure in dining…..Welsh breakfast.

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  3. Denise says:

    it does happen pretty fast when Eifion is shearing! thanks for a great time, and fleece! 🙂

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  4. thecrazysheeplady says:

    Whew! 😀

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