Yesterday morning was drizzly and chilly but we were blessed with friends who came out at 8 am on a Saturday morning to help us. It was lots of fun! Except for the shearer, none had much experience with shearing and skirting but we learned together.
One by one the sheep's warm woolen coats were sheared off in one big piece.
Hooves were trimmed and annual vaccinations and wormer were given.
|Our ram, Haagen Dazs getting a pedicure.|
They were handled with the firm but gentle hands of the shearer.
Amazing how different they look without their fleece.
We set up a makeshift skirting table where we gathered around to skirt the fleece. It took many hands to quickly work over the wool before the shearer had the next one done. Last year the whole fleeces went into bags and were left to work over later. I was so happy to put skirted fleeces into bags and have them ready to process by hand or by the mill.
This sweet little guy was helping his dad with Garfunkel.
The alpaca look so different!
Simon's fleece is fluffy, blue with bits of chocolate.
It came off practically ready to spin. I can't wait to get to it.
Now we have 17 bags of Jacob fleece and 2 bags of alpaca.
And we have a bunch of skinny animals.
|Aren't they funny?|
Most of them have bright black and white spots!
|all the girls lead by Periwinkle & McCarthy|
A few of them have big pregnant bellies.
In a few more weeks we will have little lambs bouncing around.
|Twinkle ~ hoping she has twins in there|
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment...
Instead, it should be that of your inner self,
the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit,
which is of great worth in God's sight.
1 Peter 3:3-4