Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Before and After

We just got back from a week in Tennessee, and until my brain decompresses and I finally get brave enough to sort through all the pictures and blog about it, I'll do a quick post about the sheep.

Our county fair is coming up in a few weeks and I've been thinking about getting the Barley and Bean (the ewe lambs) fitted and presentable. They're Romney/ Southdown crosses, which made it a little hard for me to decide how to fit them for the show. Southdowns are shown slick shorn, which is easy to do. Shear off all the wool, do some little fitting work on the face and leg wool, and you're done. Romneys are shown in fleece, but it takes a lot of fitting to make them look nice. It's been a while since I've shown, and I don't exactly have all the equipment needed to do a really nice fitting job.

I had to use the goat stand since I don't have a sheep fitting stand. I'd like to start saving money for one though. I put Barley on the stand and started trying to fit her. I then realized it was very hot out and it was going to take a lot of time and energy to fit her and her sister. So I decided to slick shear her.

She went from this:

to this:

Girlfriend needs to work on her abs.

She still needs some finishing touches, but it's a start. I just bought a pair of Oster A5 clippers on Ebay. They were used but came with 2 sets of blades. I tried to use them yesterday and realized both pairs of blades were so dull they probably wouldn't have even cut butter. I put them in the mail to Premier this morning and I'm really hoping they get back in a jiffy!


Becky said...

"girlfriend needs to work on her abs" ROFL!!! You crack me up. It looks like she has Darla's tummy. :)
How dark is her fleece close to her skin? I thought she'd look darker slick shorn.
I love her fluffy face and legs. I bet she was happy to have that fleece off of her since it's so hot. :)

Deb said...

That is funny Katie! Guess you'll have to find some logs to get her to hop over. The rest of her confirmation is GREAT!! I hope they do well! I love the leg warmers look - Let's get physical, physical~~~~~~ Love, Momma

Debbie said...

This may sound stupid, but I've never raised sheep. Why do you leave the legs unsheared?

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