But on a brighter note, the grass is green enough that the sheep are eating less hay, so we probably are done with hay buying until the fall, unless we have a dry summer (not likely in our little microclimate).
Despite all their wool, the sheep are getting tired of the rain and are hiding out in the barn.
The ewes are also starting to roo, we may end up “shearing” them ourselves right after lambing instead of waiting on a shearer. I put it in quotes because we’d be scraping the shedding top layer off the fresh new wool rather than taking both sets of fleece and leaving bare skin. We weren’t expecting that we’d have to consider the skinning-knife approach to get their wool off, but it may be where we end up, at least for the spring fleeces.
Anyway I have to wash wool this weekend. Then when it dries, I get to start the learning curve to combing fleece into roving. Soaking in cold water first helps the fleece separate into locks, which is good to know.
I like wool, but I never really thought about how it gets off the sheep and into mittens and sweaters and wool diapers. It’s interesting.