March Shearing

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.

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. These are wonderful photos! So glad to read the update on Laurel. I check the lambcam over the weekend and figured I had missed the event but couldn’t find any updates online.

    1. Thank you, Loretta. I kept having issues with the lambcam last week. Partly, I believe, because we got some sock-it-to-me weather. Partly because my equipment failed.

      I’ll have us up and running for the big event! Now if it would just warm up a little! -5 last night and hovering around zero tonight. I really hope she doesn’t lamb til it gets nicer.

      Thanks for the stop by! I’m having trouble getting some of the photos to publish in this post. But it’s sort of a detail after my morning in the barn. I’ll get to it!

      Happy Monday!

  2. Such gorgeous creatures. Fingers crossed for some warmth coming – for you and the animals!

  3. Very busy! I think you know that we do not shear until spring and until well after lambing. Yours seems to have gone smoothly however … congratulations. All the animals look well and in good condition, especially for lambing. Our window opened on the 15th and we had no action as of today … that’s OK because we’re experiencing more wet weather today. Joanna and I were in your neck of the woods AGAIN this past weekend. Drove past my favorite syncline/anticline in the whole-wide-world. We drove Route 9 on our way to points east in New Hampshire. Said ‘hello’ … but you probably didn’t hear with all that was going on! D

    1. Shucks! You drove by my neighborhood without stopping again!
      I know that syncline/anticline of which you speak – don’t you love it? We’re gaga over it. And in fact, from there, if you looked north, you would see where Wing and A Prayer Farm lies…oh well, one of these times.
      The shearing went well. Got some great fleeces. One of my Angoras has a lousy coat, though, but her previous owner said that her prior shearings were also not good. She is my goat with a terrible underbite, so it might have something to do with her nutrition, however she is in good condition regardless.
      The shearing revealed that our Merino, whom we thought imminent, was at least a week away(this weekend.) I wouldn’t have known because she was so wooly, and is so skiddish, she will not allow much handling or observing. And so I’d used her previous owner as a reference, and her flock is obviously way ahead of this one. So, still no lambs where I shouldn’t have been watching for them til now! That’s always the way. The Shetland aren’t due til mid-April and onward.

      Good luck with your upcoming shearing. Welcome back!

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