Shearing the Woolies

I was thinking maybe you would like a blog post today that didn’t involve any afterbirth! 🙂

We sheared on Friday (Mar 16) so I’ll share some snippets from that instead.

My woolies are at their wooliest and it is time to de-wooly them.

Before shearing we try to get a quick measurement and photo of each fleece while it is still on the sheep. This is Colin's who looks to be measuring in at 5.25 with a pretty crimp and luster.

This is Colin being sheared by Emily Chamelin. She is an amazing young woman ho has no problem maneuvering around 200-300 lb animals.

The booty. Each bag represents the fleece from one sheep. Next we (mom and I) will skirt the fleeces and prepare them for the Maryland Sheep and Wool Fleece Show and Sale.

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17 Responses to Shearing the Woolies

  1. Yea! I was lucky to get a lamb fleece last year and it just came back from morro fleece works. They said it was an amazing and beautiful fleece, beautiful color, crimp and more. It’s lovely!

    Great work that you do! 🙂

  2. Trish Avery says:

    Fascinating! And no afterbirth! I hear your first sheering on last year’s baby ??Felicia?? shows a perfect fleece.
    Hay, this time I did beat Cylyn’s post! lol

    • Julie Helms says:

      The expert seems to think Felicia may be the best ever! I hesitate to show her in the Corriedale category because some judges include weight as an important factor. As a lamb her fleece is small. We may try the spinning category. Felicia is the daughter of Ellie who Keri in the comment above was referring too.

  3. The Woolies are adorable in their before picture, we need an after picture too!

  4. Glory Lennon says:

    I’m assuming some of them are pregnant. Doesn’t bother them to get sheared before the birthing? I would think they wouldn’t like rolling around on the ground with big bellies.

    • Julie Helms says:

      We think 5 of the 6 girls are pregnant. Probably about 3 weeks out yet. They probably don’t like rolling around pregnant or not, but it’s just one of those things we gotta do. And I’ve never heard of it causing a problem with pregnancy.

  5. obxster77 says:

    Dumb question time. If they did not get sheared in the spring, would they shed all that wool during the summer? Or just part of it like a dog does??? That looks like a ton of wool. Where’s my sweater? LOLOL

    • Julie Helms says:

      Not a dumb question. This breed does not shed at all. There are some breeds called hair sheep that will shed. When I worked at the SPCA we had a stray sheep brought in that hadn’t been sheared in 3 years–it was just loaded with parasites under its matted wool. They are totally dependent on human intervention.

      • obxster77 says:

        Boy they must be miserable in the summer if not sheared. I can imagine all the bugs nesting in the wool. Anyone not taking care of their sheep need to be horsewhipped.

  6. Martha says:

    Wool Lust!

  7. Beautiful wool, Julie! Good luck with it! “:) You are so lucky to have someone shear for you , it is backbreaking work!

  8. Ash says:

    I waited too long and missed out on buying a fleece last year 😦 but have enjoyed reading your blog ever since. Will you be offering any fleece for sale online before MS&W’s sale?

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