Ok, I hadn’t mentioned this on the blog before, but this week we are on vacation.
An intensive fencing vacation.
We didn’t do any fencing Saturday, so today was day three.
It’s going well, but even with the tractor’s help (which is substantial) it is mighty hard work, and we’re pretty pooped.
We’ve got the stretch along the front of our property done yesterday, and this afternoon we put in another three-post corner, after spending some considerable time clearing the fenceline of offending shubbery.
But this morning, I got to help out with shearing over at Schoonover Farm!
Arrived at 10am, and the sheep were already penned up and ready to rumble.
The shearer (whose name I don’t remember) did a amazing job- it took all of 2 hours to do maybe 30 sheep?
I mostly held sheep after shearing and helped get them into the sling thingee so Donna could do hoof trimming and vaccinations.
Doesn’t Lewis look happy?
Was a lot of fun, a great learning experience, and I got a fleece for my efforts!
Not sure of the name on this guy. He’s a moorit yearling wether.
What a great day!
Will have pics of fencing progress tomorrow-
Fencing?!? Does this mean SHEEP soon???
What kind of sheep are you getting?
Shetlands. Love those fleeces.
Romneys are pretty swell too.
But I’m pretty sold on the the Shetlands.
That’s Huey’s fleece. The shearers name is Eifion Morgan and he did a great job. the photos of me aren’t too flattering, but the rest are great. I especially love Lewis’.
Thanks for the info Donna-
Sorry, I didn’t take enough hoof trimming/vaccination pictures to be able to pick and choose too much… it was all moving so fast! I love that shot of Lewis too. He’s such a handsome bugger.
So are the sheep all picked out, or are you going shopping at Black Sheep this year? How many? Will you breed? Inquiring minds want to know! Oh, you will have so much fun spinning and knitting from your own sheep!
No sheep picked out yet. I’d love to get back down to Black Sheep, but we’ll have to see how it goes. I’m thinking we’ll probably get maybe 5 to start. Ewes and wethers. Not sure if I want to breed right away… and I definitely don’t have room to keep a ram!
I need one of those slings for my kids.
I’m not sure the sling would have the same immobilizing effect on kiddos….but it might be fun to try 🙂