Back at my last sheepie post, I said I'd try and get some pics of lamb shearing ................. so here goes......
It's all pretty self-explanatory really - lambs get pulled out of pens behind each blue door, shorn and sent down the shutes behind the shearers. Apologies if this is not new to you - I'm guessing most country folk will be familiar with all of this!
Our woolshed is a four stand shed, so there are four shearers, three rousies and a presser who pens up the sheep out the back as well. The rousies sweep the board of wool and sort the fleece into the right bales.
These are lambs being shorn, so they have relatively short wool, when we are shearing ewes with 12 months of wool on, the girls use a wool table, where they throw the fleece and skirt(take out the short/gnarly bits around the outside) the edges before rolling the fleece up and putting it into the wool press.
Shearing gangs work so hard, and they are always cheerful and seem to have a lot of fun on the job too.
And here is the finished work, shorn sheep always look a bit strange straight off the shears, a bit nude and bony looking, within a week they'll be looking a bit more normal again. It's always nice to get some good weather after shearing, the last thing you want is a cold snap on freshly shorn sheep. Thankfully we have a good forecast for the next few days, and we are hoping to get our silage(winter feed) made tomorrow too.
Thanks for stopping by today, I'll be back in a day or two with a stitching update, don't forget it's Friday Night Sew In this Friday, if you're keen to join in, head on over here and sign up.......happy stitching ........ .............. Nicky