Today was shearing day! Emily Chamelin, who shears in the mid-Atlantic area. I usually do my own shearing, but after hurting my back I realized it's worth the money to pay a professional! She did all 7 sheep faster than I could have done just two.
Barley was the first sheep to be sheared. Here's the before:
And here's the after:
Spots! I don't remember her having spots last year after I sheared her. Natural colored Romneys (she's a cross) tend to fade as they age, so it's always a fun surprise to see what she'll look like after shearing.
Here's Bean's fleece.
And here's the nakey Bean.
I think she looks pretty great (she's on the right below, Darla is on the left).
And here's the whole flock together. The ram needs to gain some weight, which I knew. He has grown a lot frame-wise, now he needs to put on muscle.
The ewe lamb is looking great! I still haven't named her...
Remember my friend's very wooly ewes? They got sheared too!
I was really looking forward to shearing day. It's like Christmas morning. Waiting to open presents, waiting to see what the ewes look like-same thing!