Wednesday, April 27, 2011

shorn

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Freedom Hangs like Heaven Over Everyone: Iron and Wine

29 Comments:

Blogger Glory Foods said...

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April 27, 2011 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger Yvette said...

Oh, wow. I had no idea how sheep were shorn. Thank you for sharing this with us, Jenna. Do their coats always come off in one piece, or are the fibers so dense that they only seem to come off in a "coat"?

(Sorry about the deleted comment...I was logged into the wrong account.)

April 27, 2011 at 9:12 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

A good shearer gets it all off in one fleece! All eight were fleeced out.

April 27, 2011 at 9:15 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

heheheeee!! the kids look so funny naked!! Fun video, thanks for sharing Jenna. You look great by the way, spring has been kind to you it seems!

April 27, 2011 at 9:18 PM  
Blogger georgie said...

That was excellent. I have a large white standard poodle with gold eyes.His nickname in late winter is Lamby boy. He didn't get a trim from October until March. When I did trim him, it was like shearing!
Looks like excellent yarn will be produced by CAF this year.

April 27, 2011 at 9:26 PM  
Blogger candisrrt said...

Just wonderful! what do you do with your wool? I am a knitter so this is very interesting to me. Looks like alot of fun.

April 27, 2011 at 9:41 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Wow, that is an assload of wool! :)

April 27, 2011 at 10:17 PM  
Blogger jim said...

with this crazy weather pattern, those 8 are a gonna freeze their tails off----------

April 27, 2011 at 10:21 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Mama said...

Wow, those are some seriously naked sheep. How about "Jenna and the Golden Fleece"?

April 27, 2011 at 11:17 PM  
OpenID notherethenwhere said...

Thanks for sharing - it's so interesting to see how everything went down.

April 28, 2011 at 12:44 AM  
Blogger kristen said...

I'm guessing you've already seen this one, but here's a link just in case: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=1A0C15F75793159F

April 28, 2011 at 3:01 AM  
Blogger kandy Gray said...

that made my 7 1/2 month old laugh like a madman! it was great!

April 28, 2011 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger treehuggers kitchen said...

Just tryin' to learn more about shearing here...I completely understand that part of being a sheep is being sheared of all of that fabulous wool, but I'm just curious...is the process of being shorn painful or stressful for them, or is it just more of an annoyance? Also, since you have the different breeds, do they each produce different types of yarn, or can you mix them all in together? Very cool video, by the way. Perfect song to go with the pics.

April 28, 2011 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger Kelpie and Collie said...

To Treehugger:
If done properly by a professional, shearing should not be overly stressful. I say overly, because to prey animals, being caught is a stress. That said, once the shearer gets the animal in the correct position, generally, the sheep don't fight and just hang out. A good shearer is worth every penny.

April 28, 2011 at 9:13 AM  
Blogger Loco Lindy said...

Very nice video! Love the music with it, too.

April 28, 2011 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Now that is music to start the day!
Quarter to seven on left coast and a toe tapping beginning. The lambs are cute as can be. The one shot looked like it was thinking "don't hurt my mommy."
Really good video. Thanks so much.

April 28, 2011 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

Wow, how heavy is one fleece? It looks like so much! They look so funny naked!

April 28, 2011 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger cindycolombo said...

Hey Jenna can I share on my FB page???

April 28, 2011 at 12:14 PM  
Blogger The Village Queen said...

Oh that was wonderful! Great music too, thanks!

April 28, 2011 at 2:32 PM  
Blogger jules said...

All that beautiful wool! Did the babies have a hard time finding their right mommies after shearing, considering they all looked different now?

April 28, 2011 at 4:04 PM  
Blogger Margaret said...

Oh, the humiliation!

April 28, 2011 at 5:46 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

It looked like both shearers were wearing moccasins. Is there a shearing-related reason for that, or just a fashion statement.
Thanks so much for sharing the pics!!!
Elizabeth

April 28, 2011 at 5:59 PM  
Blogger WestE said...

Today I was reading my Mother Earth News and I came across a chicken article which I loved the first two times but then I looked down and realized you wrote it! Brilliant Work!!

April 28, 2011 at 7:48 PM  
Blogger bellananda said...

@ jules -- i was wondering the same thing. i wonder if they smell different, too (to their young 'uns), without all that accumulated dirt, perspiration, etc. in their hair...?

April 28, 2011 at 9:09 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

No hard time finding their mamas! They know each other by voice and smell, as well as sight.

April 28, 2011 at 9:44 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

And the boots are felt, and shearers wear them for a flat-footed stance while they shear, think of the shearling Ugg boots: all flat and soft...they are based on shearing boots! shearing boots have no laces and can grip the ground even when greasy or coated in lanolin. They can also be washed to help stop the spread of disease.

more here

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheep_shearer

April 28, 2011 at 9:47 PM  
OpenID thetinfoilhatsociety.com said...

I had to smile; my first hand spun hat was made with churro and one of the shearer's hats looked just like it!

May 1, 2011 at 8:07 PM  
OpenID T. Crockett said...

So much fun to watch. And thanks for the introduction to Iron and Wine. I'll be looking for more of their music.

May 7, 2011 at 10:33 AM  
Blogger bree said...

Jenna,
I am almost cought up with where I first met you on your blog. This was wonderful. What I love about you is that you have such style. Putting wonderful music to and making a slide show out of pictures of sheering day was great. I've noticed too the twinkle lights that you have hanging on your chicken coop. You make farming fun!

September 10, 2011 at 11:22 AM  

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