Every spring our sheep are in need of a trimming. This year was no exception.
Bossy is looking huge, she probably has 4-5 inches of wool on her.
The sheep start looking straggly and a mess as some of the wool begins to be pulled out.
In the past we have done the shearing ourselves. But it is time consuming, and to be honest we are not quite the best at it. This year we decided to hire a local shearer, what would have taken us a weekend of work took him about two hours. It was great to have a professional come as he was willing to help teach Jesse how to shear quickly and even fixed our trimmers.
I was at my day job when the shearing occurred so I only have before and after pictures, no action shots.
This is Sweet Pea, looking a little ragged.
Mini Mumps, feeling good after her haircut. The sheep appear so much smaller after their giant coats are taken off.
Bixler's Girlfriend enjoying the wind on her skin.
Mid-May the pasture and weather was ready for us to turn out the sheep. We typically wait until at least May to turn the sheep out to pasture. We like to ensure that the vegetation has had time to grow enough to take the pressure of cabin fevered sheep.
This is the first pasture we opened to the sheep. The grass and clover is long and ready to be trimmed. This is one half of the pasture.
The older sheep were the first out the door, they knew what was coming and couldn't wait.
Bixler's Girlfriend leading the pack out the alley.
The sheep barely made it out the alley before they started indulging in the sweet new grass.
Then my favorite part of spring started happening. Something about being out for the first time makes the sheep so excited, they can't contain their excitement and start running like crazy! It is a site to behold, I love watching their pure joy.
After running hard it was time to get back to eating.
It is going to be a great spring and early summer.
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