Early start to main shear - Tactical Ninja
Sep. 14th, 2013
04:47 pm - Early start to main shear
Today was the first shearing day of the season - 21 polwarths that were suffering from lice that they seem to have picked up through the fence from a flock shipped into the neighbours. This was less gross than it sounds. Sheep lice don't go on people, and once you get the wool off it's only one treatment and they're good for 12 weeks.
Also, this client has a shed! OMG!*
80s fringe sheep are suspicious of my motives
Well, it was supposed to be a picture of what the view looks like when I lay the half-shorn sheep down for the long blow, but this sheep (affectionately known as Snuffly) decided to stick her head in it just as I took the pic, so it looks more like a MySpace Sheep Selfie.
My, what a well-shorn shoulder that sheep has! *cough* Never mind her neck.
Polwarths are really hard to shear well, because they're covered in wrinkles and have really dense wool and soft skin. I try not to be too embarrassed about it. They didn't seem to be suffering from their weird haircuts anyway..
Also, it was a beautiful day out under the Orongorongos. And the sheep kept licking me while I was shearing them so I advised their owner to get a salt lick for them. I am glad they don't have sandpaper tongues like cows do.
*Normally I shear in the open using my cabled electric handpiece, usually in yards in varying states of decrepitude, with the likelihood of shade being about 50/50. Working in a shed with a proper shearing plant and a spring loaded pen door with separate shearing area is the lap of luxury.