Yesterday I trimmed everyone's hooves and dewclaws, and changed coats on Braveheart's girls. (Brava needs her coat changed, too, but I'm going to wash the one she needs first.) I LOVE to see and feel that pristine fleece when I pull coats off! But I was a bit surprised at the length of wool under the coats; it wasn't as long as I expected it to be. Now I'm rethinking their shearing date, which is scheduled for Feb. 27. I'll go ahead with Bella, Brava and Braveheart, as they all have a full year's growth and I want Brava and Braveheart to have good growth for the Black Sheep Gathering in June. The "ladies," though, will only have five months' growth, and unless they grow a lot in five weeks, they won't have the length I'd prefer. I'll wait six more weeks for the farrier's next visit, and just trim them up if it looks like we'll have lambs before then. This past year was an experiment in shearing twice a year, and it may be the last time I do it!
If anything is going to send my sheep into overtime wool production, it should be this weather. No, we're not even close to the extremes that other parts of the country are getting (no thanks; been there, done that!), but it's quite cold for here, and windy, too. It's rather nice, actually. There's no mud, the horse stalls and yard are easy to clean when the all the turds are frozen, and our woodburning insert keeps the house comfortably warm instead of too hot. Being from the midwest, we have all the bucket and tank heaters we need and Rick installed them last night before the temperature took a nose dive.
That's it for now at . . .