Looking ESE over the barn.
Last night as the light faded, I headed down to the barn to do chores. Since Rick still wasn't home when I finished, I decided to tackle an overdue task - "shearing" Inky. The old gal came with lots of VM in her fleece last year, and has added even more to it here. She is also very greasy and has a lot of what looks like skin flakes, so I knew this was not a fleece I would be keeping. I tied her up in the barn aisle, grabbed my spring-loaded Fiskars and a stool, and started snipping. Fortunately for both of us, Rick got home before I got too far and helped by holding both Inky and a flashlight so I could see better (the barn lights weren't sufficient illumination for my middle-aged eyes and Inky's jet-black wool). It took about an hour, and the results looked much less ragged than I expected!
I knew Inky was thin under her matt of dirty fleece, so there was no surprise there. I've never seen her shorn, so it was nice to get a good look at her structure. I really like this old ewe, and who can argue with her production (17 lambs raised) or her jet black coloring at eight years of age? This year's micron test results aren't too shabby, either: 28.9 AFD, 6.4 SD, 22 CV, 11.4 CEM, 30.7 maximum micron, 0.75 SD along staple.
With her fleece covered, perhaps I'll get a useable clip from her next year. Even if I don't, she is loved and appreciated for who she is and for the two good-looking lambs she gave me this year.Thanks again to Susan Kimball for letting me have her!
That's it for now from . . .