Posts tagged shearing

Homespun: A Treasure Rediscovered

 

In the Winter 2017 Spin Off, I found an article called “Homespun Heritage”. The article highlighted the 1975 documentary film “Homespun” by Sharon and Tom Hudgins; they  filmed local folks from the southern Appalachian Mountains shearing sheep, washing, carding spinning, dyeing and weaving wool. Now, thanks to the  National Archives , the film is available via YouTube.  Take a look!

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Our First Shearing Day!

We were very nervous about our first shearing day. Thankfully, everything went well.  Kristen Rosser did a great job! And a special thank you to Mother Nature who gave us a chilly day rather than a wet, snowy day as first predicted.

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Shearing Day 2015

This past Sunday we spent the afternoon at Feederbrook Farm for shearing day. We also met Roland, a Shetland sheep, who will be joining our little flock along with Abner. If the weather cooperates and the ground thaws, we should be next on the list to having our fencing installed.

Abner

Abner

Abner and Roland

Abner and Roland (front)

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Shearing Day @ Feederbrook Farm

Yesterday, we visited Feederbrook Farm for Shearing Day.  Below is a before and after photo of Abner.  Thanks to Emily Chamelin for doing a great job!

 

 

Shearing Day

Shearing Day

 

 

 

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Lil Abner’s First Hair Cut

Here’s the long anticipated video of Lil Abner getting sheared at Feederbrook Farm on March 26, 2011.

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Shearing Day @ Feederbrook Farm

Today, 16 ewes and our Lil Abner got sheared! This is Lil Abner’s first time getting sheared and he did very well. In addition, he received his CD&T vaccination (protects against overeating and tetanus) and his hooves trimmed. But upon his return to the barnyard, Lil Abner decided to take a detour and run around the farm first.  Thankfully, he saw the barn door was open and returned on his own.

Emily Chamelin skillfully sheared all 17 sheep; she has been shearing for 10 years. While shearing, Emily explained that Shetland Sheep are considered a primitive breed that naturally begins to shed between the second week of March through the first week of May.  The shedding process is called rooing.  It causes a weak spot or break in their fleece.

We are looking forward to processing Lil Abner’s fleece, especially since this is his first shearing.

 

Ava & Emily

Ava & Emily

 

Lil Abner (Before)

Lil Abner (Before)

 

Lil Abner (After)

Lil Abner (After)

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