Monday, March 29, 2010

Beginning sheep shearing school

I thought I would be the one taking the sheep shearing school, but Jerry decided it was best not to risk my back... Since he had not taken the school before, he was the one to take this one. (Maybe another time...)
This school was sponsored by the Maine Sheep Breeder's Association and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. The location was hosted by North Star Farms ( in Windham, Maine, owned by Philip and Lisa Webster.
What a great day we all had. A lot was learned about shearing, farming, and sheep!! Thank you to all the instructors and the hosts!!

As you enter the barn, the sign requests that you disinfect your feet before you enter. One of the shearing posters in the barn.

People watching the sheep being sheared. And more Icelandic sheep waiting their turn. There are even more sheep in the stock trailer.

The shearing instructor is using chalk to show how the sheep was sheared.

Jerry shearing with his instructor.

Skirting being taught.

A sheep being sheared on a stand. Jerry chose not to try this.

Shearing shearing with a Heiniger setup. Unfortunately for me, he really liked it. It only costs about $1300-1800...

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