Sign of the season: sheep shearing

Okay, here’s my visual postcard from the sheep shearing at our farm this weekend. Thanks to the White family teenagers who run the shearing operation: Noah, Abraham and Esther. They worked from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, non-stop. Really no breaks. This is hard work. Kids these days…are terrific!

Before: still wearing the winter coats.

Noah, Abraham, and Emily at work.

Noah working on our 400-lb Rambouillet ram, Bo.

Baa baa black sheep…

Post-shearing snack.

Outside! (Sheep always look like goats to me after they’re sheared.) Now, it’s time to start growing those new coats for next winter.


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6 Comments on “Sign of the season: sheep shearing”

  1. Joan Mohrmann says:

    Thanks Ellen. I so enjoy seeing your animals. Especially that little black guy that arrived last year.

  2. Kirby says:

    Great pictures. This is hard work and my back hurts just looking at them. Sheep farming is becoming a viable business in NNY. The demand for wool and meat is growing and we have the ideal environment to supply the need.

  3. It's Still All Bush's Fault says:

    My father used to travel around the North Country shearing sheep. He charged $0.25 per head.

  4. Ellen Rocco says:

    It’s Still All…Yes, back in the ’80s, we had a shearer who traveled a loop from Central NY across the top of the North Country and over to the Champlain Valley shearing sheep. He’d call ahead and let you know when he’d be reaching your farm. He always stayed for dinner and we’d put him up overnight. We so looked forward to his arrival each spring. I simply cannot remember his name, but I do remember he was a B’hai and had visited Africa. (One year he brought a video of a family wedding that took place in Africa.) Toward the end of his shearing years, he’d have his son with him. I wonder if you know anything about this wonderful man.

  5. Mike says:

    You doing the llamas too?

  6. Ellen Rocco says:

    Mike: We hope to shear the llamas, yes. They have to be tied up, not as cooperative as sheep. But, yes, we will shear them. They just came into our lives last fall–some friends needed to find a new home for them and we agreed to take them. Apparently llamas are typically sheared every other year.

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