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Sheep shearing, round 2

Yesterday I sheared our ram, Oberon.  Today it was our ewe Gertrude's turn.  Again, we chose to shear her inside, on the sofa usually occupied by the dogs.  It's cooler, there's no flies, and it's easier on us and the sheep.

Getting her inside was the hard part.  When we tried to get her up the steps onto the deck, she just flopped down on the ground and we had to lift her up.  We finally got her into the nice air-conditioned house and onto the comfy sofa and she just totally relaxed.  Her wool was MUCH thicker and it took quite a lot of work, but she just laid there quietly while I trimmed almost 2 whole sheep off her.  She no longer looks like a horta.

After I finished getting as much as I could off with the electric shears (and they remained intact the whole time), we used scissors to carefully trim around her more sensitive regions like her face and udder.  She just laid there with her head on my lap, apparently enjoying the breeze from the fan.  She eventually fell asleep.  Even after we finished, she just laid there on the sofa in the nice cool air, with no flies bothering her.  She didn't feel the least need to get up and go outside.  I got some sheep candy and she eagerly ate out of my hand.  She only reluctantly got up to leave after Oberon climbed up on the deck and started bleating loudly outside the door.

All the sheep are sheared and in the nick of time too; tomorrow is supposed to be in the 90's and they'd probably have overheated.

I took some pictures of the enormous wool pile and the blissful, much skinnier sheep, I'll post them later.

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altivo
Jun. 17th, 2009 04:04 am (UTC)
People who shear just a few sheep by themselves, without professional equipment or training, often swear by a milking stand. Those are made for goats. They are just a platform about a foot off the ground, with a head rest and a collar that buckles behind the ears to keep the sheep or goat in one place. Most of them relax nicely in that position, with their chin supported by the head rest, and you can easily reach all around them with the shears.
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