Shearing was broken into three episodes this year and we will still have to have the rams, replacement ewe lambs (now yearlings) and older unbred ewes shorn at a later date. There isn't much time to fine-tune the camera to optimal settings, so the pictures won't win any prizes but they show some of the action.
Snowflake (crossbred Border Leicester/Rambouillet/Finn)
Star (crossbred CVM/Rambouillet/Border Leicester) and her white splashes before.....
Wabbit (Border Leicester/CVM/Rambouillet/Romney) who is so large we sheared her standing up rather than stress her with the normal tipping up and rolling around
Buttons (CVM/Rambouillet/Corriedale) has become quite calm and friendly and hung around the shearing boards watching each sheep be shorn and enjoying back scritches.
Shorn sheep in several shades
Ivan, senior barn kitty at sixteen, snoozed on a pile of loose bedding through the whole afternoon. Eat, do kitty things, sleep, repeat.
In all, we sheared seventy-eight ewes. Lambing is due to start at the end of the coming week. I have five wool orders to pull together and then I can start on getting reserved fleeces checked over and sent out. There's enough wool here to clothe a small army - I'd love to see all the things it will become.