The flock with one ram, the ewes and this year's lambs.
The shearer arrives with his equipment and packer. This, our final year, also includes spectators!
Some are more helpful than others! Sweet Pea is our Border Collie.
The sheep move down the shoot and the shearer brings them out one at a time. He is quite fast but questions slowed him down. He has been shearing for 42 years and 25 years for us. He is a good friend.
He uses electric clippers and this ewe is one of our few black sheep.
At least one of these is wondering what the lambs have been up to while they have been at the 'beauty parlour'!
Waiting for their turn! ;~)
You can see that the lambs born this spring are already a good size. They are not sheared their first year.
The fleeces are packed in these wool bags. There isn't much demand for wool and our flock's purpose is meat not fleeces. The wool cheque won't cover the costs of the shearer but the sheep are better for the shearing.
Josh tried to get a few tips for rounding up the sheep but the results weren't very impressive! lol
And there goes the end of one chapter in our life down on the farm!