Wool Harvest Prep

This year we are host to sheep shearing school. Twelve participants will be here for two days to learn how to shear sheep. Since we have more sheep than will get sheared during two days of learning there will be an additional third day of regular shearing with a crew of four men. 

No, I'm not teaching. I'm one of the participants who wishes to learn the art. The teaching bit is being handled by two of our regular and very well experienced shearers.

This all takes place next weekend. We are keeping one eye on the weather and the other on all the tasks to have sorted out before shearing day:

  • Extend shearing floor to accommodate extra people
  • Set up panels for holding the entire flock and for funneling to the race
  • Set up extra pen to keep rams seperate from the ewes
  • Set up table for collecting fleeces
  • Gather brooms and baskets
  • Set up table for coffee/tea and snacks
  • Get in touch with caterer, confirm number of lunch meals
  • Have supper meals prearranged
  • Have house tidied into respectable manner (at the least, take care of the paperwork on the dining room table so we can eat there and have the spare room ready for a guest)
  • Arrange for extra hands to help for each day
  • Be ready to hustle to get the flock in if it decides to rain
  • Whisper to the stock dogs to be at their best, three days of work is coming up and we're counting on their help to keep the race full and sheep at the ready

Comments

  1. We had to build extra shelters for the sheep before shearing due to the snow and cold weather hanging on. We thought we would have to build them because the corral would be a total swamp, but instead it was still frozen but also frozen were the doors to any extra buildings we had back there. After finding a neighbour to picking up the shelters and then our joy of learning to assembling three extra large calf shelters in less than a week, and then dealing with shearing in a barn where we were not able to fully clean due to everything frozen, we did survive another shearing day. If you are getting Lorrie, say HI to the crew. They are a wonderful bunch to work with and don't know what we would do without them. They brought extra help this year which was much appreciated as some of our helpers were either off at university or at Drama Competitions so we had to import anyone we could.
    Hopefully the cold weather be over by your shearing day, as our naked sheep are enjoying the protection of the extra shelters now!

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  2. Hi Karen,

    Aahh, shearing day adventures hey!

    Last year was our wet and muddy year during shearing. That resulted in some earth moving around the shearing shed. It worked because this year we're dry. We don't have corrals so that's not a worry.

    It's cold though and we start shearing tonight.

    I will say hi to Lorrie and the crew. We are very appreciative of those guys as well.

    Thanks for the comment, it's great to hear the adventures others have as well.

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