"Oh, this don't look good girls. Let's give him a real work out!"
This young man has been involved with 4H since he was a small boy and learned to shear sheep at an early age. Esther wasn't too bad. She sat there still and quiet for about 15 seconds and tried to make a break for it. Robert was having no part of that. She got tossed right back on her batookis. Hooves were trimmed first. We could definitely tell that our pasture has been wet this year. No foul smell but the hooves needed a good dose of Dr. Naylor's Hoof N Heel.
Esther gave up and let him finish.
This picture is blurred because Robert works fast. He completed 4 sheep in about an hour hooves and all.
He is a one man show. I don't think my back could take this.
Each girl got the same treatment.
What a sweet face. "HELP ME"
This was the end product of our morning. We have 4 fleeces to clean or "skirt". Meaning, pull all of the brambles and burdock out. We will mow their pasture this week to help eliminate the burdock for next year. I have been manually ripping out the thistle. What an evil weed. Even the goats won't eat it. Each season we learn. Progress is slow but steady. We plan on fencing the hay field next year. We can put the sheep and goats in to eat after the second cut. They can eat this grass till we shear in the fall. The fleece will be free from weeds and easier to skirt.
Fuzzy waited patiently outside for her girls to return. She did a double take when they first came out of the barn.
She had to check the girls out. I know she started laughing at this point.
The girls are happy outside. We moved them to the pasture with the covered shelter. Life goes on. Next step? The dairy goats arrive next Tuesday from Stony Knolls Farm. I don't even have a milking pail yet. Where is my Hoegger catalog? Much love and prayers from Mainely Ewes Farm.