5 comments on “Shearing – part 1 of 3

  1. Brrrr! They make me cold just looking at them! 😀 They are pretty though. I love that contrast of fresh black and white as well, always so contrasty. And Dub and his sisters sure were cute lambs! Oh my gosh were they adorable. I’m looking forward to seeing what their parent’s produce this time around. It should be a good year! 🙂

  2. I have my sheep sheared in December. The weather around here rarely gets too cold for them, but last year the temps dropped below freezing the day after they were sheared. My poor huddled naked sheep. Anyway, I hung heat lamps in their covered pen and they hung out there for awhile.

    I do want them sheared before lambing too, the little lambs like to jump in fleeces…and also, the fleece does not have all the birthing matter in it, and I don’t have a hard time checking udders. Of course, if I lived somewhere with harsh winters I would hold off.

    Our shearer is a friend , and he lives very close, just across the highway. He comes with his helpful daughters and sometimes his wife, my friend. We visit in between fleeces and have a good time !

  3. They are just beautiful… I have heard that there are so many benefits to shearing before lambing both for the ewe and lambs. I like to have them sheared in Dec/Jan also. I am looking for a new shearer this year. The one I used last year his name was Nick and that’s just what he did most of, nick all of my sheep!!! Kathy, maybe you could give me the phone number of your friend?

    Whenever you see those gorgeous leg markings I would suspect freckling, they go hand in hand. Some people don’t mind so much because they blend the fleece anyway but some people hate them. I think its a personal preference although the breed standard says that excessive freckling on young sheep is a fault. My Sassy is very freckled and her first lamb Mercy was also freckled and her new owner sold her because of it. I can live with a freckled sheep as long as it is just a few in the flock. If they have other great qualities they stay. Again, just an opinion and you know what they say about them 🙂

  4. Hey! I thought you did your own shearing!! 🙂 I do love the look of freshly sheared Jacobs. I’m just now putting my breeding groups together…should be done tomorrow. I wanted to have pasture grass starting to grow and a bit warmer weather before my lambs hit the ground….so hopefully it will be a good time to shear also.

  5. Hah, Shannon you need to come over and help me shear the girls! They were sheared earlier this year and they look like they are already prepared for a serious cold front. They are so wooly!

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