Today I thought, “Hey, what a beautiful day, lets go wrassle some sheep!” Well actually, Dave didn’t have to work and it wasn’t pouring rain, so it was time to change some of the sheeps’ coats. Snowing and 21° just adds to the fun!
A common question surfaces when people see a flock of covered sheep, “Why are those sheep wearing coats?” They are amazed that the wool isn’t enough to keep them warm!
Sheep covers do not keep sheep any warmer in the winter, or make them any hotter in the summer. They essentially are a barrier protecting the wool from the elements, dirt, poop and hay. Clean wool sells for a significantly higher price to the hand-spinning market.
Sheep will go through a number of covers through the year. As their wool grows back from shearing they will need a larger size several times. An adult sheep will need at least three size changes through the year. Lambs will need more than that as they grow.
Something you will notice about the covers on our sheep are the funny patterned shapes, mostly on their backs. This is simply a way for us to know at a glance what size they are wearing and what the next size they need next.
For other sheep producers– here is a review of my favorite brand of cover.