The Weekly Bleat: Shearing Day!

Freshly sheared woolies

October 2016

I can’t believe it’s been two years since I first introduced a recurring feature on my blog called, The Weekly Bleat. And, since Farmguy and I had our sheep sheared last weekend, I thought I would re-share the very first “bleat” from October 27th 2014. I hope EWE enjoy! 🙂

fourth generation farmgirl

Welcome to Fourth Generation Farmgirl’s, “The Weekly Bleat.”  For those who aren’t sure, a bleat is the  characteristic sound a sheep makes–similar to a baaah.  In the future, “The Weekly Bleat” will briefly share happenings from Green Hill Farm as well as anything else that’s considered uplifting or entertaining.

This first bleat fittingly focuses on our sheep and the semi-annual event of shearing on Green Hill Farm.  Not only do we shear the sheep, but we also do a bit of hoof trimming as well as drenching–administering a dose of liquid dewormer.  Last weekend, we were fortunate to have a lovely, temperate day for this task.  The following photographs illustrate shearing day with my husband Scott, chief sheep wrestler, hoof trimmer and drencher; our wonderful shearer, Diane Poole, who is very patient and gentle with our woollies; and, me–assistant hoof trimmer and drencher.  Oh!  And, I can’t forget– our curious cats…

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    • Thanks for your question. Our sheep’s wool grows really fast. They’ll have an inch or two of wool in the next month. Also, because the wool grows so fast, if we don’t shear now, by the end of winter their fleeces are matted. We usually have mild winters, and we do have a barn. Scottish Blackface sheep are a hearty breed. They love sleeping outside in cold weather. On mornings when there’s been a frost, we’ll find 10 little green spots in the grass. 🙂

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  1. I enjoyed reading your response to another comment about why you shear in the Fall. Until I read it, I never realized that the fleece of some types of sheep grows so rapidly that they need to be sheared twice a year.

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