Our beautiful ladies’ fleece was getting a bit long, so they were due their second yearly shearing this week – and they certainly deserve it after running around with their little ones who are getting cheekier and cheekier by the day.
Shearing not only means that we can turn the lovely fleece into wool, but it also is necessary for the sheep to have a better quality of life. Shearing keeps the fleece away from their eyes, which can cause wool-blindness when left to grow too long, it allows the lambs to find the udder more easily, and it eases the load they have to carry around each day. When they are sheared, it also means that their instincts tell them to seek shelter in rainy or colder conditions, whereas with a full fleece, they are more likely to stand exposed in all conditions.
The flock is now looking very sleek and their fleece is on the way to be processed and spun into our brand new wool.
The lambs have been growing very fast and are now looking a lot older. You can really see their little ‘wool masks’ they are developing – characteristic of the Romney breed.
The lambs are not sheared of course, they are not yet old enough and their fleece is not thick enough. Once they are old enough, they will be joining their mothers for a haircut, but until then, then will be happy to keep frolicking around our field and getting muddy!