Red got the sheep in the pole barn and they huddled in the corner while Jim McRae, set up his equipment and got ready to shear them. He started with Zelda, not because she’s the leader, but because of her with fleece. He didn’t want any of the other sheep’s black wool getting mixed in with her white wool, which could change its color.
The donkeys, always curious, were hanging around outside the pole barn. Red kept an eye on the sheep and Jon video taped it all.
Jim grabs the sheep by her head, tilting it up which calms the sheep then easily (I’m not really sure how he does it, but he does make it look easy) turns the sheep on her back so it looks like she’s sitting up. Leaning the sheep’s body against his legs, the sheep goes slack. There’s no more struggle as Jim begins shearing the belly and works his way around the sheep, removing the fleece in one piece.
After they are shorn , (this is Socks) Jim clips their hooves.
Socks, Zelda, Tess and Suzy wait together while Ma is being shorn.
Ma looks pretty comfortable, almost as if she’s enjoying it.
The sheep are relaxed and lighter after they are shorn. If you’d like to see Jon’s video of the shearing click here.