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March Shearing

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There was some excitement to start the day when Thistle, the Shetland Ram, smashed in the door/wall on the lamb jug.  We brought he & Milkweed, the Angora Buck, into the barn to await their turn when the skies opened up and rain threatened to soak their coats.  SJ saved the day by blocking the door with a metal panel and then Jim replaced the broken boards and hardware so that it is as good as new.  And Thistle, the frustrated ram, has a spring in his step for the new season now that he is sans a years’ worth of wool.

The surprise of the day (not surprise), was that Laurel, the Merino ewe, is another week or more out from delivering. Her shearing revealed the most gorgeous black wool underneath, and not as developed of an udder as is necessary for lambs just yet.  LambCam will be back up and running in a few days, with some updates to make it easier to use, and we’ll announce when you can hop online to watch for lambing.

Enjoy the following photos:

Lavender, full curls, with Hester behind her, the day prior to shearing all that wool.
Lavender, full curls, with Hester behind her, the day prior to shearing all that wool.
Angora Goats Shearing-Eve
Julietta visits with the Angora Goats on ‘Shearing Eve’.
Cotswold Fleece
Cotswold Fleece
Merino Fleece
Merino Fleece
Ear Tag Prep & Skirting
Ear Tag Prep & Skirting
skirting in the front, shearing in the back
skirting in the front, shearing in the back
Thistle the ram (not Milkweed the buck) had bashed the door in while he & Milkweed were temporarily housed inside, awaiting their turn with the shears.
Jim replaces broken door panels after Thistle the ram, (not Milkweed the buck). had bashed the door in while he & Milkweed were temporarily housed inside, awaiting their turn with the shears.We discover Laurel is a week or two out from delivering after Fred shears her.  She was very wooly.We discover Laurel is a week or two out from delivering after Fred shears her. She was very wooly.
Fred instructs Char how to eartag.
Fred instructs Char how to eartag.
The two Cotswolds didn't mind their haircuts.
The two Cotswolds didn’t mind their haircuts.

Thelma, a new woman

 

Sunshine helps Milkweed stay warm.
Sunshine helps Milkweed stay warm.
Ruva loves a good rub
Ruva loves a good rub
Nikki has distinctive facial markings.
Nikki has distinctive facial markings.
 Love our Merino Laurel's deep black color!
Love our Merino Laurel’s deep black color!
Laurel, our black Merino ewe, is considerably smaller without her wool.  The new due date for her is projected for at least a week or two out from now.
Laurel, our black Merino ewe, is considerably smaller without her wool. The new due date for her is projected for at least a week or two out from now.
Ruva's color and quality fleece are consistent.
Ruva’s color and quality fleece are consistent.
Aisling is due in about a month and so she's staying in with the other mamas-to-be.
Aisling is due in about a month and so she’s staying in with the other mamas-to-be.
Bunny & Aisling belong in the pregnant ewe's stall, but they're so bossy I put them in with the non-pregnant lot.  The Cotswolds were ready to be shorn and are soaking up the sun in the background.
Bunny & Aisling belong in the pregnant ewe’s stall, but they’re so bossy I put them in with the non-pregnant lot. The Cotswolds, in the back, are so different-looking now that they’re shorn and they’ve been soaking up the sun.
Thistle had a year's growth clipped.  He's feeling fine!
Thistle had a year’s growth clipped. He’s feeling fine!

Hester, the Cotswold, strutting her stuff after her clip.

Hester, the Cotswold, strutting her stuff after her clip.
Padme, the Shetland lamb, models her new ear tag
Padme, the Shetland lamb, models her new ear tag
Padme will be shorn at the end of May.  She's just a little lamb-kin still.  She can wait.
Padme will be shorn at the end of May. She’s just a little lamb-kin still. She can wait.

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