“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

Sheep Shearing

Yesterday was sheep-shearing day...
and it came not a minute too soon.

Temperatures have climbed to 80 degrees this week...
no longer wool coat weather!

With the help of a pack of Ritz crackers,
we walked the sheep up to the barn about a half hour before our shearer was to arrive.

Luckily, these three will follow me anywhere...
as long as I have a pack of Ritz crackers.

They waited patiently in an empty stall...

then each took her turn getting the perfect sheeply makeover.

It's amazing how much wool these gals produced in one year's time.

It's also amazing how chubby they remain even without their fleeces!

After all the gals were shorn
we ended up with a huge bag of fleece.

The shearer took the fleeces to the mill where they will be washed,
carded and spun into thick, luscious core spun yarn.

With Ritz in hand, we made the trek back to the sheep yard.
These three look like totally different animals now...
and so clean!
If only they would stay that way.

By the way...
on the way back to the sheep yard we stopped to have a snack.

All three girls ate as many Ritz crackers as they could in the shortest time.
This is quite unusual, especially for Hope...
who hardly ever eats one whole cracker.
We concluded...

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