|April 14, 2013|
|Late March 2013|
I called, thinking I would not be able to justify the price of having the flock sheared by someone else.? Especially, when I could do it myself.? But, surprisingly, the price was very affordable!? I booked an appointment? and looked forward to the big day.? My little flock would have a professional haircut!.? The goats had been professionally sheared when we first had them and the nice family who did it taught me a lot about shearing.? But then I did it myself from then on.
|If the goat had a lot of belly fleece, this was sheared off first, then the goat was placed in the restraints|
As you can see, the fleece was not in good shape already.? It had begun to mat together and was mostly unusable.? I am glad we were able to remove it all and let them begin growing new fleece for the next shearing.
Some shots of the boys sporting their new haircuts.? Aren’t they handsome?
Close up of the foot restraint system.? While I think this system is good and enables you to work quickly, you do need to work on your knees.? I would not be able to remain on my knees for the extended period of time.
Next, it was time for Ranger and Millie to have their first real sheep shearing experience.? I can shear the sheep but? I have to do it with them in a stand.? This was their first experience with the traditional sheep shearing? position.?
|A little surprise.? One of Ranger’s testicle had not been removed at the time he was neutered.? Could be why he acts so much like a ram.? This can happen with banding.? We acquired him after he had been neutered and never checked.|
Now that we are experiencing our second major heat wave of the summer, I am extra glad that I had the flock sheared for the second time.? They are so much more comfortable and it makes me feel better too. It is hard to look at something wearing a sweater in 95 degree temperatures.??? The whole shearing process for 10 animals took 3 hours.? Anne knows her business and is professional and efficient.? Her assistant calmed the animals and readily did what ever needed to be done.? And me?? Well, it did feel a bit awkward to just sit and watch the work being done.? My only job was to catch the next animal to be sheared.? My husband helped with that.? So it was pretty stress free, even if it was 90 degrees in the shade.
The amount of time the professional shearing took versus doing it myself, might just make this worth the money to have it done again.? I firmly believe that anyone who owns an animal needs to be able to perform the care necessary for the animal.? Since I know that I can do the shearing and have done so for many years, if the money is available, I may find this option more cost effective and worth the expense.