Tom and I did the sheep maintenance on our 21 sheep today. This involves checking their fleeces, conditions, and conjunctiva colors as well as trimming their hooves and administering copper capsules. We (mostly Tom) caught each one, placed them on the stand, and elevated the stand. Grain was offered as an incentive. This mostly progressed from oldest to youngest sheep as the older ones are easier to catch.
These two sheep are in a separate pen due to their disabilities. So we did their maintenance in the pen rather than drag them out onto the stand.
My barn camera said my battery was exhausted for Jewel, but mysteriously it kept working after that. So I caught a photo of her later.
Moll flopped her feet off the stand and tried to hang herself. So I did not get a photo of her on the stand but after.
These are the remaining sheep yet to do.
The rams need a separate head lock because of their horns. So we have to hand feed them their grain incentive.
In general, the wool quality is lessening as my flock gets older but no big surprises there. But there were still some very nice fleeces. Five of the sheep had some mild hoof separation issues which is unusual and disappointing. Their conditions were mostly as expected too. The stand Tom modified for us that we can hoist up is really helpful. We do not have to lift up the sheep, and I do not have to bend as much to do their hooves. A real back saver. So a good maintenance day and happy to be done until Spring.