Monday, April 28, 2014

Shearing Day Goes Down Under

Shearing of the most stressful days of the year.
The week before shearing I start watching the weather like an obsessed crazy woman.
I think I refreshed my Weather Bug & Weather Channel apps on my phone a million times.
Of course, it rained on Friday but Saturday was looking promising.
I will spare you all the swearing that went on Saturday morning while I was penning up the sheep & keeping the annoying goats out of the business......I will however, give myself props on my creativity in using swear words;)

This year was different because I had to have the alpacas sheared.....a first time for me and a first time for 3 of them.  My regular shearer does not shear alpacas so I needed to find someone.  Life was good to me as the place I purchased my alpacas from, Magical Farms, arranged to have their shearers come to my place and shear my alpacas and my sheep!

This was truly a treat because Magical Farms flies their shearers in from Australia so to have professional shearers from down under at my place was pretty cool! Kevin & Amanda are from West Australia.  Kevin can shear up to 100 alpacas a day and there are over 900 alpacas at Magical Farms!!  In addition to shearing, Amanda grades wool at a college ext. program in Australia.  It was interesting to listen to her and have insight on the fiber/wool that I have.

We all agreed that Alama' has the most interesting look under all of his fiber....gotta love all those spots!!! It was fun listening to Amanda call the sheep and alpacas "Mates" when she was reassurring them that things were going to be okay during shearing!
All in all it was a great day and Kevin & Amanda said they would come back next year to shear for me!  Thank goodness none of the animals acted like spoiled brats.....well, maybe one did........maybe two at most...... :) 


Tammy said...

Well, that's different. Having your shearer fly in from Australia! ha. Have you ever watched McCloud's Daughters? Look it up if you haven't, I think you would enjoy this ongoing (now cancelled) series about a group of women running a sheep station.

Anyway. It's hard to explain to 'non sheepie' people the stress of shearing day (mostly the worry and work leading up to), so I sure understand how you felt (esp. about the weather!!).


Kristi Z said...

I always love hearing from you:) I was actually thinking about you this week when those storms and tornados were going down...hope all was well your way!I will check that show out. Of course now I have more bags of wool to decide what to do with.....;)

Unknown said...

Kristi, I haven't sheared yet! I'm just dreading it after last year's mishap. Non-sheepie people don't understand the stress. I have lots of people who want to come out and watch, and I keep putting them off. How cool is that to have a shearer fly all the way in from Australia! Now if they were doing my shearing, I just might invite people! Hope all is well! All my sheepies send a hello to their Ohio mom! --Karen