I left a message with my shearer last week and was waiting anxiously to hear back from him as to when he would be available to makeover my sheep...the girls were getting pretty shaggy and with only one month left until lambing I really needed to get them sheared and vaccinated. Plus they just take up so much room in the barn when they are all wooly!
Since there is only one shearer in the area, I am always at the mercy of his schedule and I was a bit nervous when I didn't hear back right away-I had visions of trying to hand-shear all of my sheep and was remembering the "Ande haircut debacle" of last year. Well, the stars must have been properly aligned because it worked out that he was free this afternoon. The weather has been a bit warmer too which sure made me feel better about getting the girls all nekked in the cold.
Just look at how much space they take up fully dressed.
See how many more sheep fit in the barn nekked??
Willow will demonstrate the shearing process.
Fully clothed Willow.
Willow in the hands of her stylist.
Nekked Willow. Incidentally, I was worried about what condition my pregnant girls would be in under all that fleece-it is very difficult to feel their structure through their thick wool.....but it doesn't look like any of them are in danger of starving anytime soon.
Some of the girls were much more nervous about getting a makeover. Marie was in charge of dragging gently guiding the ewes to their hair appointment. Some of the girls were less excited about the process than others.
Cassie needed a bit more encouragement.
Marie reminded me at that point that I really need to work on halter training this spring...whatever.
I never get tired of watching the outer fleece peel away from the clippers, revealing clean, beautiful fleece underneath.
More before and after shots.
And some of her shorn fleece.
Edrea's micron count from last fall was a bit higher than I would like to see (27.6) but her CV was 22.0 and her other numbers were decent....her fleece sure spins up beautifully.
Here is Luna before.
Yes, the "baby bumps" are much easier to see now that the girls are going 'el fresco'.
Here is a big "baby bump".......oh no, wait, that is my wether, Rocky...apparently he has been enjoying spending the winter in the ewes barn....and eating more than his share of grain! He would normally be out in the ram pasture, but I didn't keep any rams over the winter so he got to bunk with the girls.
Here are some more fleecy photos for my fiber addict friends. Enjoy!
Now to get all of this fiber down to my processor for spinning!