Sheep Shearing Time

The day finally arrived.
After weeks of warm weather and hot, wooly sheep...
shearing day arrived yesterday.

The funny thing was, though, we awoke yesterday morning to a frigid 25 degrees!

Luckily I had covered my flowers.
I did not, however, cover any of the veggie plants.

I am keeping my fingers crossed that these poor frozen plant-lings survive in the long run.

We had confined the sheep to the barn for the night,
in preparation for their shearing.
Getting them to the barn and into a stall is the hardest part of the whole ordeal,
so doing it a day ahead is essential.

And having them confined in the barn made it so much easier
for Dr. Becky to administer their yearly vaccinations.

They didn't even flinch.

When the sheep shearer sets the girls back on their butts,
it is quite obvious how chubby they are.
Thankfully, much of their size is due to their huge fleeces.

But still... they are chubby sheep.
(It's a breed thing!)

Yesterday morning I had one dirty white sheep and one brown sheep.

Today I have one white sheep and one sheep that is grey with black spots.
Faith used to be my black sheep.
Now she looks exactly like her Mama, Gracie, looked when she was alive.

Shearing was done without any issues.

Half of their entire size was made up of fleece.
In the end I think the girls are happy to be rid of their woolens.

The trip back to the sheep yard was uneventful.

They ran right home without any detours...

happy to be finished with their ordeal for another year.

Lots of treats were given as compensation for their travails.
(My goodness... we can finally see your eyes!)

After treats, they both got busy on the fresh hay in their feeder.

These girls are stress-eaters.

What a stressful day!
And if you remember dear Gracie... doesn't Faith look just like her now?


They are indeed sturdy girls underneath all that fleece!
littlemancat said…
They look great! And happy to have that behind them. Yes, I "see" Gracie.
farm buddy said…
Have you considered breeding them this fall? I am sure you would enjoy having lambs, and having them raise lambs would keep them at a much healthier weight. It is very hard to keep sheep at a healthy weight unless they are growing or are bred.
Your farm is beautiful, and I totally admire how you keep everything, including all your gardens, so neat and organized!
This N That said…
Walking mounds of wool no more!! They look so much smaller..all ready for summer..Zoey and Max look like that when they get shaved.....
Dee J. Hartman said…