Sunday, April 17, 2005

Shearing Update

Well! What a time around here. Eric has just finished shearing all of the sheep, and for his first shearing experience, he did great. He sheared 139 sheep, a few every day. We learned that we need some serious work on sorting equipment around here.
My work begins now as I get to spend several hours a day skirting all of the fleeces. There are 3 stalls in the dairy barn full of fleece, and another stall full of just belly and junk wool collected during the shearing process. I've kept the colored fleeces seperate as he sheared them, and they are in individual bags awaiting skirting. The Romney ram fleece is so big I had to split it into 2 bags.
Those of you who have a 'Rented' sheep, I'm working on them!
Unfortunately, the icelandic fleeces were not worth saving. The adults were quite felted on their body (a real joy to shear), and the lamb fleeces had quite a bit of hay and dirt in them as well as some felting. I've saved back several white and the 2 beautiful moorit fleeces and am seperating the tog out of them. The thel is very short and not worth spinning, but the tog is fine, especially on the moorits. If anyone is interested in the tog, let me know.

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