Sunday, March 10, 2013

Getting Your Ears Lowered

Or, I guess maybe with sheep it's getting your ears raised ;-).  Shearers Bill Haudenschield and Gavin McKerrow were here yesterday. Here are a few quick pictures.


Pretty Popcorn PeePee Pants, a Border Cheviot and one of our first bottle babies. Could she really be almost 10 years old?


They started with our friend Rebecca's five sheep.  Our tall fatties are always a shock, but had to be especially after her three tiny Shetlands.


"Hey!  I'm not fat.  I'm just fluffy!"

Graham, they just cut all the fluff off.  You're fat.  And this is an exceptionally flatteringly thin photograph of you!


Who do you think this is?


Beanie Baby, with his big horns.


Maisie, watching until she got bored.


"I'm glad that's never going to happen to me!"  

Maisie, you have beautiful wool and next year you'll get to be in the video.

Here's Blossom.  All grown up and getting her first hair cut.  Just a head's up - she gets a tiny nick on her (fat) side.  Absolutely nothing to worry about.  I don't think she even noticed and I'd bet it will be hard to even find the spot this morning. 






Ewen McTeagle, completely ignoring the Nistock contingency getting ready to duke it out behind him.  I'm not sure if it's general grumpiness from "being starved half to death for 24 hours before shearing" or because everyone looks different, or without all that wool they feel so spry (and fat :-o), but some rumbling after shearing is not uncommon.  

I didn't get any great "after" shots, so I'll try to do that this afternoon.  For the most part I think they all look better nekkid, but I have to say, I miss Blossom's fluffy little chipmunk cheeks :-(.

26 comments:

small farm girl said...

I just thought it was all wool! Boy was I wrong! :D

Auntie Reg said...

I am sorry I missed the shearing. I hope someone gave the babes their healthy Cheerios . Ba Ba looked upset.

thecrazysheeplady said...

She did just fine. She probably only looks upset because she didn't get any cheerios ;-).

Tombstone Livestock said...

I see more sweaters in your future, how about a Blossom sweater for next year's Iknitarod.

Tombstone Livestock said...

I see more sweaters in your future, how about a Blossom sweater for next year's Iknitarod.

twinsetellen said...

What gorgeous fleeces!

Peruby said...

They would probably feel rambunctious after getting all that fluff removed.

I can't imagine how those guys can even stand up straight after bending like that to shear them. Ow!

LannieK said...

Thanks for the video- have never seen the sheering before. I am surprised, they don't seem to mind the process too much. Do you send the fleeces to a mill? Or process yourself? The whole process is amazing! Thanks again. Crackers/cheerios for all!
:-)

Lori Skoog said...

The shearers did a beautiful job! They look gorgeous..

Andee said...

Sheep shearing is so much quieter than alpaca shearing :)

majorasue said...

I always find it funny that they don't recognize each other after shearing. Even the lambs have problems, recognizing mom's voice but not her looks until an empty tummy overcomes that hesitation.

You've definitely have some "easy keepers" in the flock!

Kim said...

Is Beanie Baby a lilac Jacob?
We had shearing yesterday too. So fun! Can't wait to dig into that fleece. Which one are you going to start with?

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

It's amazing how fast he can cut the sheep. Hard to believe that Blossom is grown up and now able to give you wool. Do you wash the wool or have it processed? I noticed also that Blossom had her tail!! Cute of Maisie watching. Does she realize that she is also a sheep and will be doing this next year?

Mandy Pedigo said...

Any special plans for Blossom's first fleece? I have a hogget fleece that arrived by mail a few weeks ago. No plans for it yet, other than washing soon.

Mary said...

Such beautiful sheep! I love them all.

Michelle said...

They are so beautiful, even without their wool! Always nice to see Maisie looking so fine.

Terry said...

It's so much fun to see the babies all grown up. I have PPPPP's baby picture, and Blossom - what a big brave girl she was in the shearing!

Thirteen Sheep (Or More) said...

Popcorn PeePee Pants is Beautiful! She should write a book .Secrets of the Ewethful Ewe.

Your fleeces look really clean!

Maisie has the deeply thoughtful expression on her face as she watches. What goes on in that pretty little head?

Alice said...

Love the PPPP profile. Nekkidness becomes him. I hope you save a fistful of blossom's fleece for her baby book ;-) You had perfect weather for shearing! What a blessing!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Your shearer was fast..I have always admired them..they can control a sheep and shear them at the same time. Must be hard on the back..beautiful fleece on Blossom..she is still cute:)

Peacecat said...

It's always fascinating to see the shearing process and the before and after 'do's that the sheep are sporting. However, I have to stress that my absolute favorite thing about this post is the photography. WOW! That shot with the two shearers inside the barn, and the shot of Blossom inside the barn...simply wonderful.

Peacecat said...

I meant to type the shot of MAISIE inside the barn. Whoops! The detail on her face is great, and it looks like an artful b&w photo until you note the color in the background outside the barn door.

Kellie from Indiana said...

Maisie is such a character! Your sheep look so beautiful after a shearing.

Susan said...

I can't believe "our" Blossom got her first haircut! I feel so old! I love to see them nekkid, too. There's a lot more personality on view. I am waiting for the call from my shearer - can't wait to see what my fatty, er, fluffy pants sheep will look like.

april said...

Oh those sweet babies! They're beautiful and I guess it almost looks like it feels good to get that weight and warmth off. ???

Shirley said...

I think Blossom would like her cot and a blankie now.

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