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Posted 8/11/2016 9:29pm by Renee Savary.
 
Sheep shearing at the farm this week ... 
Mr. Elmer is our sheep shearer and has been since the start. He comes from Iowa, travelling most part of the country, has done it for some 40+ years and is a Master at it ...
I usually call him in January to get a spot in April or May, this year I forgot to call and that is how you end up shearing in August ... 
In years past as Mr. Elmer shear we would trim the hoofs but this year, taking advantage of helpers availability,  we did manage time to do the hoof part last week, that was a great help and we were able to finish in 10h.
We had 2 groups, all the ewes and kids and Ramses, our ram, down at the barn and at the end we did the remaining rams up at the garden.
Here a few pictures of our day ...
 
Early morning look at the waiting room !!!
The night before we got everybody in the big barn ...
Needless to say nobody is willing nor thrilled !!!
 
waiting room ... sheep shearing 2016
 
Mr. Elmer is setting up, he has several shears and will alternate them as they heat up ... his set up is very simple ... 
 
set up ... sheep shearing 2016
 
and here we go ... first girl getting a much needed hair cut ... I have to say Mr. Elmer has a way to do it that looks very easy but it is not !!! First you deal with a 100+lb animal that is not willing, then the shear itself weight a few lb, you have to do it pretty quickly and without chopping down your sheep ... in a 100F barn ... 
 
first sheep ... sheep sharing 2016
 
Close up of our fleece ... the inside is butter color and very high in lanolin that is what make their wool water resistant ...
 
fleece ... sheep shearing 2016
 
 
Ramses, our ram, not liking a bit of it but being very quiet now .. this horn are dangerous, he is not aggressive at all ... just not his usual setting ...
 
Ramses
 
 
As the day progress we got some visitors ...
 
Mama visiting ... sheep shearing 2016
 
This year we have a few lambs with a big perfectly round black spot ... they had it when they were born and then it looks like if it was fading out as their fleece grew but then when sheared the big spot is right there and the fleece is 1/2 dark brown and 1/2 whitish ... 
Ramses is a new ram and he is bringing some very interesting genetic ....
 
 
Loading up ... we recycle our feed bags to collect and store the fleece ...
 
fleece ... shearing 2016
 
Once they are sheared we released them on their pasture ... They all look so skinny ...
 
pasture ... sheep sharing 2016
 
When done at the barn, we packed up back to the house, we had a quick lunch and we were left with 5 rams ... By nature they are belligerent and have big huge horns and we are tired ...
 
rams ... shearing 2016
 
Just another day at the farm ... 
 
 
 
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Posted 2/18/2016 8:38pm by Renee Savary.
Look who got in last night ....
 
First lamb of 2016
 
She is our first lamb of 2016, yes lambing late this year ...
Mom and baby are doing great ....
 
Lamb 2016
 
We raise a small flock of Gulf Coast Sheep ...
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We use to keep them inside for a few days but it seems that mom and babies are doing better if left on pasture from the start ... so here we go ...
 off to pasture
 
Hopefully this year will be a good one for our lamb ...
Posted 1/13/2014 10:58am by Renee Savary.

The first babies of our lambing season were born earlier this morning,

a boy and a girl from mom Ortie ....

1 13 14

My first glimpse of them earlier this morning ...

first look ...

Mom had moved them close to the gate, away from the rest of the flock ...

Baby lamb

I moved mom and babies to a shelter were they will stay for a couple of days before returning with the rest of the flock. It gives the babies time to bound with mom ...

mom Ortie and babies

cuties

The rest of the crew checking on the new ones ...

donkeys