Last Friday, we helped out at a friend's sheep farm on shearing day.
(Direct link to video) Here's a one-minute video. We started by bringing in the sheep from their pastures. After they were shorn, we did the "skirting." Skirting a fleece means removing the short, dirty, or matted fibers.
I kept thinking of the 1880 painting called "Shearing the Rams" by Tom Roberts of Australia.
------For information about purchasing sheep, fiber, or pasture-raised lamb, visit the website for the Dancing Lamb Farm in Earlton, New York.
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Sheep shearing on Wikipedia
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