Tag Archives: shearing

The final countdown

Tomorrow is a big day at Peeper Hollow Farm. Within a few short hours, we will harvest a full year’s growth of fleece from our 51 ewes: 29 Romeldales (19 adults and 10 lambs) and 22 Romneys (20 adults and 2 lambs). We’ll then haul 51 bundles of wool into the house, each weighing an […]

Wet wool

Shearing is this coming weekend, and my days are filled with advance preparations: rounding up our volunteers, setting up the clipboards for recording everything we do, planning three meals plus snacks. This and more helps create a successful harvesting of wool from our fifty ewes. I have always kept track of local weather forecasts. And […]

Where are fleeces from Winter Shearing?

Most of us who shepherd a flock have two main raw materials to work with: wool and lambs. Of course the more creative shepherd might also find a market for sheep manure, and those who are more artistic may find a market for “value added” products like yarn, wool batting, and the like. In the […]

Shearing 2016!

Rick and I were both up early on Saturday morning – there was still much to do and only hours before our shearer and many volunteers/helpers arrived to help us make our ewes more comfortable in these last weeks before lambing. Thankfully, this was the warmest shearing in our sixteen years; so warm, in fact, […]

Nearly shearing day!

The shepherding year contains milestones that mark our progress through the year, indicating the end of one production period and the beginning of another. For our flock, the cycle begins when we put our sheep into breeding groups. That is followed by ultrasounding, shearing of our ewes, the birth of the first lambs, the birth […]