In which I do something that isn't sewing with my Saturday - Tactical Ninja
Jun. 9th, 2012
05:02 pm - In which I do something that isn't sewing with my Saturday
Today was belly/bum/feet/face day for some of my clients. This is the pre-lambing tidy-up session you do for your ewes before they get so big that turning them upside down and bending them is mean. It sees them right through till after their lambs are born, and involves a foot trim, taking all the wool off their belly and crutch area, and eyewigging them, which makes them look weird.
Meet Elsa (on the left). She's a moorit and she's bolshy - not in that "I'm going to eat you" kind of way, more in a "Just who the hell do you think you are?" kind of way. You'll note she's at the front here, but she's cunning so she ended up being the last one to be bbff'd - as she always is.
They don't look hugely woolly yet, but if you leave them another few months, all that wool around their eyes will grow until it covers them up and they go 'wool blind'. Thus, you cut all the wool off their faces - eyewigging.
And it makes them look kind of weird. You'll note that Elsa is back in the front, looking affronted and entirely unamused by the man(woman?)handling she'd just received. Also, the others are standing in almost the same positions they were in in the first pic too. Sheep are funny like that.
The other lot were Polwarths, a merino derivative that is quite uncommon around here. They suffer even more from wool blindness, a couple of them already were despite their short wool. Their owner was a bit aghast at the idea of her sheep being put on the internet, she was all "But they look so ridiculous with their eyewigs missing!"
Personally I think that one looks like it might want to eat me, just saying.
Anyway, here's what they look like after their treatment. They always look way taller with their belly wool missing, and the bizarre face-cut doesn't help - but it means they will stay clean, dry faster when it rains which in turn helps them stay warm, and the lambs will find it easier to reach the teat for a drink when they're born.
Next time I see these guys will probably be either late August for their pre-show-season shear, or early summer if they don't get shown this year for the normal shear. And they will have lambs! Which will be cute!
There will be photos of lambs. Everyone likes lambs!
Tonight Dr Wheel is on a work retreat. They have retreated to Martinborough, and everyone knows what that means! *cough* Well actually, neither of us knew what that means so I'm hoping to be entertained with details of what retreating in Martinborough entails when he gets back.
Meanwhile, I'm going to try and get Anders into bed. Cos he's marginally hotter than Nathaniel.