On Saturday we went to the farm to help shear all the sheep. This was their full shearing. She had hired 2 professional shearers to come out and do the shearing, so we were there mostly to watch and help when we could.
First, all the sheep were put in the hoop house and confined to a small area with cattle panels to make them easy for the shearers to catch. Don't they look happy?
Then, the 2 guys would pull a sheep out each and get to work. First they trimmed hooves.
Then they started down the stomach and moved to the neck.
Down the neck and onto the sides.
Lay the sheep down to work around to the back.
Flip the sheep over the get the other side so that your cuts meet at the back.
Pull the sheep out of the fleece and let them go. You now have a complete sheep fleece sitting on the ground with no sheep in it. It looked so cool!
Take the fleece to the table and skirt it. This means removing all the poopy parts that you don't want ending up in your yarn. These fleeces will be sent to the mill to be spun into yarn.
Naked sheep! They look so funny without their fleece.
Fleece is interesting because while it seems yucky and coarse on the outside, the inside is so soft and clean. The part that was up against the skin is wonderful!
It was a really fun day and we learned so much! Logan also worked with Senate and is making great progress, but I'll post about that later. Things have been crazy here the last few days so I've fallen behind on posts and answering comments.