So, to start off well in that intent......... I bring you some of the participants in the first round of shearing, 2012!
Ooh, I hate this part.....so undignified
Seriously?! You're taking pictures of me like this??
Gem and her nice gray fleece
Ashes and her amazingly faded silver fleece - was black last year
Whiskey, and her faded (and sunbleached on the tips) moorit fleece
Due to a delay this morning, we were only able to get through 31 ewes this time. Yesterday we had gone through all the ewes and "felt them up" to see who had the most advanced udders. We pulled out 50 who will probably lamb in the first 2 weeks of the lambing season. He'll be back on Tuesday and we'll hope to get through the rest of today's lot plus as many of the less developed ewes as he can manage. That will leave a third round of late bred ewes, unbred geriatrics and ewe lambs (now yearlings getting their first shearing), rams and wethers. It would be great to have eveyone done before lambing starts (March 20!) but last year we - and he - couldn't make it work for the rams until into May.
Holly waited patiently in the barn all afternoon, checking in occasionally to see if we were ready to do something more fun.
Mommmm? When are you going to be done? I'm boooored.
Good dog, Holly. We'll do something more to your liking tomorrow.