Saturday, April 24, 2010

Sheep Shearing Day

Opsie-Daisy before her hair cut.
Or should I should say wool cut?

How it's done.

Look at all the wool Opsie-Daisy produced. Her fleece now lays on the ground before it is gathered up to give to a local gal who will spin it into yarn. On average a sheep will produce 8.2 lbs. of wool a year.

After the shearing they get a pedicure too!

If you look closely you can see the lanolin on the back of this Suffolk ewe. It wasn't visible when she had her wool but now that she is sheared you can see the yellow lanolin.

Lanolin is a fatty substance obtained from wool and used in soaps, cosmetics, and ointments.

Once the shearing is done the sheep are let out to run and play.

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