What happened? I've had alot going on and really intended to get a post out in May
and missed it. We had the Great Lakes Fiber Show -Which was awesome!
I didn't get one picture! I think I really need to take the whole week off
away from my day job to prepare better.
So lets catch up...
We had a new white ewe lamb born this morning.
I've never lambed this late. In January I decided to put a #61 Andrea
in with a white polled ram lamb. I didn't breed her earlier in the fall
because she had become ill and was already stressed.
But she has come through with the gorgeous lamb.
The shetland lambs are growing by leaps and bounds.
The ones at the feeder are shetlands, two blacks a grey and moorit.
Those in the back are border cheviot / shetland crosses.
My two spotted shetland lambs, on the left a ewe, the right a ram
are both loosing their spots :(
Another gorgeous white shetland ewe lamb.
The white lambs in this photo are all border cheviot / shetland crosses.
They are gaining quickly. I haven't had time to weigh them
but I believe I will have a group of them ready to go soon.
Three more of the crosses.
Back in March when we had the sheep sheared I held back about
10 sheep that we would hopefully be able to roo.
Well half of them did roo and we found that some didn't roo at all.
So while I've been working on shearing them by hand I have found
a why that is working quite well for me. Which I will share.
This is one of my newest rams, which we really got him hoping to
get this pattern, but he doesn't roo.
Isn't he pretty? and he has a good disposition.
So what I have found is that if I part the fleece as shown above
then working from the back to the front I slide my hand shearers
into the wool as shown below.
Holding the shears in the angle shown I can get close to the skin and
not cut the skin. Continuing across to the front. Taking small
bites so you can see what you are doing and it really goes pretty fast.
I can get the prime part of the fleece off in one piece. I leave
the britch and underbelly to take off afterwards. Because these
are pieces that I would skirt off the fleece anyway...for a handspinner.
The britch still have a useful purpose, this just makes it easier for me.
TA DAH!! A shorn ram in under 30 minutes!
That's all for today!