Monday, April 30, 2007

shearing day

We went to a local sheep shearing on Sunday morning. Gerald, the shearer, travels all over Kentucky, Tennesse, and Virginia shearing sheep, llamas, alpacas, and goats.

After her "hair cut," the ewe gets a pedicure. This keeps her toenails short and healthy.
Sheep in humid, hot climates can suffer from parasites. Here, she gets her worming medicine to keep her safe from intestinal problems. (Look at that gorgeous gray fleece, to the sheep's left)
The farmer and our small friend (of "My People" fame) bottle feed two hungry lambs. Not all ewes can nurse their babies, so farmers take on the task of bottle feeding round the clock to keep these lambs alive.

Two fine Romney fleeces, one white and one black one with brown tips, were sent off in the mail this morning to be washed and carded. Twenty lbs. of wool later... it was a beautiful spring weekend.

5 Comments:

Blogger sarah said...

Now that sounds like another good weekend. And looks like one, too! I hope the fleece is wonderful... must spin more, must find time...

April 30, 2007 at 11:31 AM  
Blogger vanessa said...

perfect weekend :-)

April 30, 2007 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger Peggy said...

That sounds like a perfect weekend activity. Once again you've made me green with envy!!!!

April 30, 2007 at 2:01 PM  
Blogger Romi said...

How wonderful! And I love that you showed a black sheep. :)

May 1, 2007 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger Melanie said...

What fun! And now you have some nice fiber to look forward to.

May 1, 2007 at 8:28 PM  

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