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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Shearer came visiting this morning ...

Today is not a full shearing but crutching meaning shaving around the old fellas and "Fannies"and tummies, and maybe a little around their faces. Trimming hooves if needed.

Drenching ... a squirt of worming medicine in their mouths and waiting for them to swallow it all down. Then a jab with a vacine in the front leg. And in the case of the little ram below a spray with fly stuff on his sores.

I mentioned when the lambs were born last year they put tight little rubber bands on their tails, it restricts the flow of blood to the tail and it falls off after a few weeks. Some people consider it cruel but here is why that process is needed. It's only a very mild case , I would not want to make you feel sick. Our little ram was fly blown, the little green flies bite them, lay eggs which develop into maggots. Which inturn can spread (crawl) right up their backs and down the sides eventually eating them alive. Wonderful!! Shaving their bums keep them dry and if they got runny tummies , keeps the wool from getting messed on.The hummid weather does not help much.

See that sore on his left backleg! Poor boy that's not the best look is it?

Opps We got told off for not having lick blocks again, I keep forgetting to replace them. Gee we are learning so much about sheep. Shearer agrees Miss Lashes and Bella's Mum are looking a little pregnant.They should be if Nelson has done his job right. They the only ones I let in with him.

Until nexttime



  1. Shearing sheep looks like a lot of hard on the back work. I find it interesting how people can seem to sit sheep on their butt and shear them and they stay there, if I tried that with a goat they would jump up in a second (probably knock me in the nose on the way up too just for good measure). Maybe sheep are easier to deal with? Can you tell I am trying to find a reason to get some sheep too someday? ;-)

  2. Very Interesting - you learn something new every day.

  3. LOL I was just reading your blog for the first time... and Stew (the husband) walked past and said.. "oooo I see, looking at sheep's butts, nice, how exciting for you"!

    Idiot man.

    LOL.... nice to read your blog... we used to have a few sheep at home when I was a teenager... so I know all about crutching and fly blown sheep! Poor things. Your's look good though.

  4. Hey, it's my first time on your blog, too. Thanks for dropping by mine, a comment makes my day:) I didn't know that about sheep... I just hope they don't feel the pain in the tail.... I am a huge animal lover, as you my have noticed:)

  5. Thanks for stopping by at suburbanjubilee blogspot. I'm glad you are enjoying the Tassie stories. I like to include them as part of a diary if you will for our future generations. This is my first time to your blog and couldn't go past the shearing story (Craig was a shearer) and I love suffolks. Loved loved loved the photo of the neatly trimmed rears!!! Showed Craig and he laughed too. Just beautiful. Nowdays the shearing around here is the poodles! Lots of love and thanks, Tanya