Friday, March 22, 2013

Shearing 2013

It's that time of year again. Our later bred east farm ewes received their annual haircut shear yesterday. A few shearers kindly came up form Missouri to help us out.

Mike preparing to grab the fleece from shearer Ivan (he's the star of our shearing video). Don and Joe stood in the stalls and handed a fresh ewe to the shearers as soon as they finished the ewe they were currently shearing. 

The fleeces were inserted into a hydraulic power baler. Adrian (one of Premier's shepherds) ran the baler and helped pickup fleeces. He also caught the occasional loose sheep.

These scoundrels (Joe and Don) were busy handing fully wooled sheep to the shearers. This photo was shot while the shearers were changing out their combs/cutters