Monday, March 9, 2009

Sheep Shearing Video

I mentioned I took three videos, this is of the 'dalmatian' sheep:

ETA: Another video, slightly longer, friskier ewe!


  1. Hi Tami,

    Thanks for sharing! Do you know why the sheep is that calm? If some strange human would do this to me I wouldn't be that calm... Do the sheep know the shearing process and that it means no harm?

  2. This one just seemed calmer for some reason. This one got a little bit wild at the end, its a bit longer video:

    We did see how a squirmy ewe did get her side knicked pretty good with the shears. Eddie whipped out the superglue and put it all back together quickly and the sheep didn't seem to mind.

  3. Eddie knows how to hold a sheep "just so" so that they are less likely to struggle. When we need to tip a ewe on her butt to trim their hooves, the wildest ones are completely docile, while the tamer ones tend to struggle. Go figure.

    I'm looking forward to having nothing but Cascade Farmstead sheep, which don't require shearing, and are easier to handle than these big Icelandics. But the big girls are staying here one more year to contribute to my breeding program.