I originally thought I would have Ewegenie and Lady Madonna sheared when our shearer comes, but Tom thought it was cruel to make them carry the extra weight of their wool for more than another month. So I googled around to try to figure out how to shear sheep that have not been in 6 years. I found this video about Shrek the sheep being sheared after 7 years. So I took the advice in the video to use hand shears rather than electric, to leave some wool on the sheep to provide some warmth, and to be careful that the weight of the fleece did not pull the skin to cause nicks. So I thought I would give it a try. Here’s Ewegenie before shearing:
It weighed 24 pounds. Next is Lady Madonna’s turn. While Ewegenie took the strategy of passive resistance by refusing to stand for me, Madonna took the strategy of moving frequently on the stand. Here she is before her shearing:
Her fleece was felted on the outer surface. Once I cut through this surface initially the shearing went well across the back. But as I progressed the weight of the felted wool really tugged and made it quite a bit hard. Here she is partially done:
While I was working on the sheep, Tom was building a hog trough. We have been feeding them in rubber tubs, but they keep knocking them over and filling them with mud. Today I got sick of having to dig the tubs out of the mud with hungry hogs circling so I suggested he make a proper trough. So he consulted books and made this sturdy feeder:
Tom and I are now going to take it easy and watch the Oscars.