Shearing Old Sheep

So I finally started shearing the old sheep.  I held off having the shearer do them in March because I thought it was too cold for skinny animals to be shorn.  But this meant I had to do them when the weather warmed.  And the weather warmed so…

First up was Tanya.  I tried to pick the sheep that looked like they would be warmest first.  I kept forgetting to get the pre-shearing photos, and it all started with the first shearing. So I remembered after I had already started.

Tanya pre shear

Here is the post-shearing photo.  She does not look happy, but she is so much more comfortable with the weather now.

Tanya post shear

This is Ewegenie demonstrating the shearing stand.

shearing stand

For her, I was unable to get her in the stand by myself.  But while we sat on on the ground I realized that I could roo her.  So that is what I did while I waited for reinforcements (Tom).    So by the time we got her on the stand she was “sheared”.  I just trimmed her hooves and did some clean up work.

ewegenie post roeing

Next up was Hazelnut.  He was a handful, as always.  So I definitely needed Tom’s help catching him and getting him on the stand.  And I forgot the preshearing photo.  But here is the post shearing photo.

Hazelnut post shear

And here are some of the shorn and unshorn nursing-home sheep on the pasture after my first day of shearing.

the sheared and the unsheared

And here is a enormous bag of wool resulting from just the first day in front of our feed shed.

bag of wool in front of feed shed

After shearing I took the time to notice the lilacs,


and the chain of gold.

chain of gold

The next day I started with Jewel.  She is blind so I wanted to start with her so there was less time for her to be freaked out.  Here is her pre-shearing photo.

Jewel pre sheared

And after shearing.  She actually did pretty well, but I am sure was glad to have it be over.

Jewel post shear

Next was Jet.  I pick her for her black wool, figuring she would be hotter in the sun than the other sheep.  Here is her pre-shearing photo.  You can see that she is absolutely thrilled.

Jet pre shear

And after shearing.

Jet post shear

And this morning I finished the aged sheep.  This is Amanda/Madison beforehand,

Amanda pre shear

and afterwards.

Amanda post shear

Up next was Jemima, a sister to Ewegenie, and they are almost identical except the bump on Jemima’s nose.  Unfortunately she didn’t roo so I had to shear her.

Jemima pre shearJemima post shear

And last, but not least, was Wilma.  She is a tiny sheep with a ton of wool.  It must have been weighing her down quite a bit.  I was a little late with the preshearing photo,

Wilma pre shear

But here she is afterwards.

Wilma post shear

These sheep are near and dear to my heart.  And there are portions of their fleeces that appear to be salvageable.  So I will pull out some spinnable wool and save it for posterity’s sake.  This may be the last shearing for some of these elderly sheep.

In other farm animal news, I was able to make some inroads with the pigs.  Here is George checking me out.  I was actually able to scratch his snout.


I think Peppa is going to be a little more challenging.  She wanted nothing to do with snout scritches,


But she did sniff my glove briefly.

Peppa sniffing glove

The chicks continue to grow and develop.  And they are eating and drinking a lot.  I do not remember our previous chicks going through food and water like these ones.  And we haven’t lot any which is a happy first.


And the obligatory Ryeleigh shot.  She is very expressive.  Here she is nervous about the tractor.

nervous Ryeleigh_2

A closer look.

nervous Ryeleigh

This evening we went out to the back forty, and she saw the cows for the first time.  I wish I had a camera. She was nervous and stood up like a muskrat to check them out.  It was adorable.

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8 Responses to Shearing Old Sheep

  1. Jeanne says:

    That shearing was quite a job for you! I take it that the rooing is much easier. Am I right? I only recently learned what rooing is. Need to learn something all the time, don’t we!
    I wish I could have seen Ryeleigh and the cows. It’s too bad you weren’t able to get a video of her.
    Your lilacs are so pretty. I miss the whole row of them on the other side of the fence. Now there’s only one bush left. The young couple who were living there took most of them out. I always look forward to when they bloom.

    • Jeanne says:

      I meant to ask you what caused Jewel’s blindness. Or maybe you don’t know….

      And I also forgot to say that I got a chuckle out of Peppa and George. I hope they will both be friendly. It makes things nicer that way.

      • Donna says:

        I have had a few sheep that get clouded corneas as they get old. I had vet out for the first one and he said there was nothing that could be done.
        I do hope the pigs are friendly. I have had some but other not. I would rather they have happy lives with back scratching.

    • Donna says:

      Here is my reply that never went through: “Rooing is easier on both. But takes some time. I really wished I had a camera when Ryeleigh say the cows. It was so precious. Sorry about the lilacs. I don’t know why people would take them out. They are so beautiful!


  2. What a lot of work! I’m glad you got the chance to stop and smell the lilacs!

  3. Jeanne says:

    One more question: Does Tanya have only three legs? In that first picture, I can’t see a left hind leg.

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