A picture says a thousand words, so a bunch of pictures must speak volumes…and I’m way too beat to say much more at this point!
However…I MUST say a big thank you to professional sheep shearer Melissa HIggins who mentored our shearing today through a American Sheep Industry sponsored mentoring program, in cooperation with the Connecticut Sheep Breeders Association.
Melissa steered me through the shearing of the rams this morning before lunch. Then, after a tour of the farm she left us on our own for the ewes (MUCH easier to shear!) and we thankfully got through the shearing JUST before the rain started to fall.
13 bags of truly gorgeous fleece now fill my formal dining room! The wool was skirted as it came off the sheep, so the fleeces just need to be weighed and they’re ready to go! We’re looking forward to meeting some new fleece customers tomorrow afternoon when they come to visit the flock!
Packed up and ready to go…
Drover takes the lead…
Before…what a handsome lad.
Do I really have to go next?
No turning back now, Monty!
Who are you?!
Melissa was incredibly helpful. And Boomer’s fleece is incredibly black and luscious!
Satiny black boy.
The girls await their fate.
Bruna’s first. Before…
Shirley think’s she’s next, but she ends up being last.
Freshly mowed fleece.
Drifa’s all set.
Must be Millie
Still soft after all these years
Only the black and greys left. The sky is darkening as a storm approaches. Will we finish in time?
The other girls are happily grazing
Peeling off a gorgeous grey fleece
What a difference!
Quick lube. The kids were my pit crew in between sheep. They did a great job!
Kemba’s a black beauty
This photo doesn’t do it justice!
She’s a real cutie in her after pic!
See? Told you she’d be last!
Here’s Freyja’s coming off, with such nice contrast!
Looks just like her mom, Molly, now!
The girls are all getting to know each other again with their new look!
Takin’ the girls home for the night, JUST as the raindrops begin to fall!
It’s all good!