Saturday, March 5, 2011

Shearing Day!

Friday was shearing day at Sarah's Sheep Farm. We were very excited to see our first full crop of fleeces. We got everyone penned up Thursday afternoon to keep them clean and dry. Last year we sheared many of them ourselves, and figured out quickly that it was a wise investment to have a professional come in and do the job in a matter of hours instead of days. We met Danny Smith and his wife at Fiber Christmas in Kellyville, Oklahoma this summer, and have heard nothing but wonderful things about him, so we asked him to do our shearing this year. All I can say is "Wow". He was amazing to watch - and just like I have always said about ice skating, a professional makes it look so easy!

Here are Samson and Winston waiting their turns:

And the ladies awaiting their new "do's". My it was crowded in there.

This is Naomi, a Shetland/Border Leicester. She is my favorite, so I took lots of pictures of her.

Wow! That is a lot of fleece!

And the tiny sheep that remained under all of that wool.

Remember the really full pen of wooly sheep at the start?

Is it just me, or does anyone else feel a breeze?

And finally, a little teaser of the bounty that I now have at my house! All 31 bags of it!

I will be skirting fleeces and deciding which ones I can pry out of my greedy little fingers, and hope to begin posting the ones I will have for sale soon.


  1. Wow! Poor little sheepies! If you need any help, I would be more than happy to take some of that fiber off your hands!!!:)

  2. Lori, can you keep your fingers out of that fiber? Next week end we will shear. Glad we didn't this weekend. It was raining Thursday and Friday. The wool would have been wet.
    I have heard lots about Danny Smith and I think I sat beside him at Sedalia at a sheep and wool show. Real nice fellow.

  3. WOW! They all look so naked! Enjoy!

  4. Love. Fleece = eye candy to this spinner! Will you be selling any on etsy or elsewhere?

  5. I will be selling the fleece, probably listed here first, and hopefully by the weekend or very early next week. IF...the weather will cooperate! It has been rainy, cold, windy, or all of the above every day since we sheared! I tried to skirt yesterday and ended up chasing wool all over the yard because of the wind!

  6. Very Nice, Lori. I see you ARE using my shearer! He is great, isn't he? Now, if I could just pin him down on a date to get up here and shear my sheep! LOL!

  7. We heard he was the best! We contacted him way back in October to get him to come in March.


  8. I've never seen a sheared sheep before. They do look a bit different afterward, but oh, all that lovely fleece!