Shearing went exceptionally well this year! Many volunteers turned out to help and the two shearing days went ever so smoothly!
Our favorite shearer, Karsten, returned to shear the sheep.
After each sheep was shorn, Ben and Karsten removed the soiled wool from each fleece.
When a sheep was finished being shorn, it was helped up and moved over to the recoating area. A new, smaller coat was applied. Here, Pat holds a gray ewe while a new coat is selected for her.
Zach holds a ewe lamb while Forrest puts a new coat on her.
The shearing crew.
Robert, Ben, and Karsten carefully skirt each fleece to avoid contaminating it with soiled wool from the sheep's neck and belly.
When the fleece is done, Ben picked it up and carried it into the shop for further skirting.
The skirting crew at work on a black fleece.
Rolling a silver fleece after it has been skirted.
A beautiful charcoal-colored lamb fleece.
Emily and Diana roll up a fleece.
Lunch Time! Lunch is always a fun time of food, fellowship, and friendship!
This year we cooked up a big Mexican meal.
We served almost 30 people for lunch.
A big "thank you" to all our friends and farm workers who came from near and far to help us. We all worked together like a team and the process went smoothly. It is such a joy to have friends who take good care of our sheep!
We are currently in the process of sorting, photographing, and grading our fleeces. When they are all cataloged, we'll notify our customers.
On January 28th, Doug Meyer left this earth and went to be with the Lord Jesus. While we grieve the loss of our loved one, we are comforted in knowing that he is now home in heaven with his Savior, free from the pain of the cancer that had ravaged his body.
Thank you for your love and prayers on our behalf. We would appreciate your patience and understanding in the weeks and months ahead as we move forward without our husband and dad.
Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. - Psalm 73:24-26
Abby's puppies have been growing very well and are quite big now! All of them are healthy and enjoying life. They like to be petted and held. The pups are fast on their feet and take great delight in following and chewing on us!