Pumpkin . . . Fall 2011

Pumpkin . . . Fall 2011

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Shearing Sheep - Mark Shears a 20 year old Ewe

Our neighbor - Bob McCallister, has a ewe that Mark has shorn for the last four years now. She was over fifteen when Mark first sheared her and she is close to twenty this past weekend. As a shearer to our local "small" flocks in Washington county, Maine - this is his favorite shearing job. This old girl is probably on her last Maine summer as she is suffering from severe arthritis - but otherwise she is in quite good health.

Here is a photo of Mark and the ewe nearly shorn:

I am so proud of Mark. When shearing a very elderly sheep - the skin is so very, very thin. Mark sheared her with just a few very superficial nicks. Bob's old girl will now have a very comfortable summer:)

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