This year's sheep shearing will be very exciting for me - we had a good year health-wise in the sheep flock, so our harvest should be much, much better than last year. We were protected from coyote attacks and other stressors, so the wool should be strong and soft. I'm really anxious to get my hands into this year's fleeces.
You're cordially invited to come out tomorrow from about 8 AM on to watch this fascinating process. We'll have a big pot of coffee and some snacks, and some skirting and spinning demonstrations, too. Park up on the road and walk on down. Kids are welcome, but please leave pets at home.
Our shearer, Danny Smith is really amazing to watch. We clocked him at 3 minutes per sheep last year, carefully peeling off a year's growth with ease. We get a lovely product this way, in contrast to when I tried myself with electric shears, or even with my beloved manual hand shears. Shearing is an art, best left to the artists.
From last year's shearing day:
Shadrach under the blades--zip, zip, zip...
...and Voila! A nekkid sheep ready for a Texas summer.