Shearing

A crew of four shearers arrived late Friday afternoon and since we have more sheep than can be sheared during two days of teaching they sheared a couple hundred sheep that evening.  Cajun worked with me all evening keeping the flock pushed up to the entrance to the race so we could keep it full of sheep.  Allen and a few volunteers were hopping to keep up with the fleeces at the front end. I have no pictures from the evening - too busy.

There was lots of sheep moving over the next two days as we juggled groups of sheep to keep them dry and available for two days of shearing school. At the end of each day I was able to get in for a quick private lesson and try my hand at shearing. It is far more difficult than the experts make it look. There is a real knack to holding ewes properly so they don't struggle during shearing and very strong legs muscles are needed.


The last animal to be shorn was PJ, the llama. For a llama who rarely gets handled, she was very patient and stood well for us.


We wrapped up late Sunday afternoon and after putting all the sorted groups together and moving animals back to where they needed to be Allen, me and the dogs collapsed on the couch.

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