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Shearing sheep that have wool, will need to be done once a year to help keep the sheep cool in the hotter months.  That is one of the tasks that we had done this summer. The herd that we purchased have a fair amount of katahdin in them.  Katahdin is a type of hair-sheep.  So instead of having big woolly coats that need to be shorn off, they will shed their hair coats whenever they decide they are getting too hot.  There are many other benefits to having this be the main breed in your herd.  We are working on making our herd fully katahdin.  But for now, we still have a few sheep that are  cute and woolly and need to get a shearing each year.

In the photo below, you can see that some sheep have wool coats and others look they have already been shorn, but they haven’t, they are fully katadhin.

Blossom, per her usually style, led the pack by being first to loose her coat and to show the others that everything would be alright.  She may have been the happiest one to loose her woolly coat because she absolutely loves to rub up against you {or anything else that is somewhat stable} to get as much scratches as possible.  Immediately after loosing that thick coat, she ran over to a tree and scratched herself as much as her little body could handle.

As a whole, the event of our first sheep shearing went really well.  A friend came and did the shearing and some hoof trimming.  We watched and learned.  I had no idea that to trim a sheep hooves you could just use normal gardening clippers!  

We had lots of helpers that day.  It went pretty quickly and it was nice to see the sheep start feeling more comfortable.

One of our crew members, Mike, has an eager and willing four wonderful children and a beautiful wife that have been coming over and helping & learning various farm tasks. They visited for awhile to watch the sheep getting their new look.

Our wonderful neighbor, John Adair, let us sheer the sheep under a shed roof off his house.  He also wanted us to use the sheep to mow his pastures so he wouldn’t have to all summer.  John loved having the sheep {and Ed} in his pastures and he even got some chicken pullet visitors throughout the summer because they were moving around our orchard and behind his wood shop.

Ed is that little calf that was rejected by his mama so we brought him into the barn and bottle fed him.  We then put him with the sheep for a little bit while they were in the orchard.  When we tried to put Ed back with the cows, he ran through the fence and joined the herd of sheep that had recently been moved to the same pasture the cattle were in.

Ed waited patiently for his friends to finish with their spa time and then they all joined each other in green pastures.

To see all the photos of the day, click on this link from our Facebook page.

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