Sunday, 27 June 2010

On the farm in June.

Well another month is nearly over and it has proved to be very busy. Mostly busy for my husband as he has sheared 400 ewes singlehanded. It is very hard, backbreaking work, but there are only a few left to shear and they are not ready for the shears yet. My daughter and myself 'wrap' the fleeces; this comprises of removing any soiled wool and folding the fleece so that the outer side is enclosed in a 'swiss roll' type of shape. They are then stored in large sacks till the British Wool Marketing Board collect them later in the year. Once sheared the sheep are then marked with our own unique symbol in case they wander onto other land.

When the time is right for shearing the fleece appears to rise off the skin a little and then the farmer knows it's time to start. The 'rise' can be affected by the temperature of the weather and the general condition of the sheep. Luckily the weather in the last week or so has been perfect for shearing .

The few sheep that are left are of the Swaledale breed and these hardy creatures are not usually ready to shear till July.
So we might have a couple of days respite , although there is silage and hay to start ---- the farmer's work is never finished!


Miss 376 said...

I bet they feel so much better now

Jenny Girl said...

Oh those poor hot babies! And your husband as well. Treats for everyone. Glad the end is in sight for you.

Barbara said...

If it is anything like as hot as here then I am sure the sheep appreciated losing their coats.

Molly said...

I so appreciate you sharing this part of your life. It is something that I will never experience myself, and I am truly fascinated :)

Chipchick said...

Thank you for sharing you4 little bits about farming. I've always thought it would be so nice to be a farmer, knowing that the reality is that it is hard work that doesn't ever stop; this gives me a small idea of what the work is really like.