I had a phone call on Saturday, the shearers were coming in a few hours.
Not much notice but I didn't want to miss my opportunity with the hot weather we're due next week.
They arrived in force, four of them and a big trailer that folded out into a outdoor shearing station.
We rounded them up on foot and then sorted out the lambs from the ewes. My job was to keep the sheep pushed up the race down the middle so they could grab a sheep when they wanted, pretty easy compared to shearing them! I didn't have anyone there to wrap the fleases as I didn't have much notice they were coming, so they each had to roll their own and put it in the wool bags.
|Four on shearing|
They were quick, with four shearing 32 ewes it didn't take very long. They did moan and said that some weren't quite ready to shear as the wool wasn't coming off very easy. I think it's because the second lot of sheep I bought had been shawn in the autumn so their wool wasn't as thick as the others. I have to remember that these guys are farmers and have to moan about something. I'd much rather have the wool of the ewes so at least I can see if any have any problems with maggots in the next few weeks.
|Lambs seperate from the ewes. A good opportunity to run them through the foot bath.|
|One of the two bags of wool|
Unfortunately my girls were off with my wife at the mothering laws so they missed it all, but I'm sure they'll be many other times in the future they'll be able to help out!
Now all I have to do is book in taking in the wool to the wool board and then wait a few months to see if the wool has covered the cost of shearing the sheep. Hopefully I should break even, not including my time.