3 comments on “Shearing – part 3 of 3

  1. Well they all look so lovely. I have 2 questions though. First, how do you keep your llama’s fleece so lovely and clean and fluffy looking. Ours get all full of bits of straw and leaves and whatnot and end up looking a bit bedraggled. Do you brush him daily? Secondly, I am amazed at your ability to pick out your sheep by name. With our Nubians, there are 5 about the same and I only know who is who because of their coloured collars. And then the pygmy goats I can tell from their colours too, but that is comparing buff to black to grey, etc. Do you tell them by their spot patterns? I’m very impressed!

  2. Cheryl did do a very good job, I don’t see any cut lines or uncut areas or purple spots from spraying anticeptic on the nicks. Your girls look great. I can sure spot Jeslyn with her super dark wool. Isn’t is nice to see how big those bellies really are under all the fleece. Very pretty indeed.

  3. Claire – Thank you! My llama is quite the rock star and likes looking good 😉 I’m not sure what he does to stay looking so nice??? In his younger years, he was shown extensively and maybe he picked up some tips and tricks to looking good! I wish I had a better explanation for you! I guess I am lucky that both of my llamas stay looking nice and clean. I processed fiber from my other llama and it is a joy to spin. I shear my llamas every other year and that is about as much as I handle them. They have nice temperaments, but neither one really likes to be handled.

    And as far as telling my sheep apart – that is the beautiful thing about jacob sheep. They each have a different spotting pattern and ratio of color, in addition to different style horns and different sized bodies. I have a couple that look similar to each other, but that doesn’t happen very often.

    There wasn’t a single nick on any of them!!! I was so happy, I didn’t have to pull the blue coat out or cringe from the sight of blood. Plus she was really good about going back over little areas she missed and throwing the short fibers aside.

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