One benefit of having a son and son-in-law that shear sheep is that they get our sheep done as soon as we need them. And a wonderful job they did at that. Clayton and Luke work together and travel around SW Minnesota and over to SE South Dakota shearing a good deal of sheep. They do a nice neat job and the customers are pleased with their work. They get to meet some really nice farm folks as they travel around working, always making it home at night.
This brother-in-law team did all of our sheep this past week after both having done two separate jobs that morning. They had plenty of spunk to boot when they started ours and of course plenty of people watching.
Clayty warned us to watch the weather closely since it was supposed to snow and rain and the sheep needed to be dry. We lucked out over night and the precipitation never started until early afternoon at which time everyone headed out to bring in the sheep to the barn where they stayed nice and dry.
Mario was in charge of the wool packer machine and was sure proud of that job. He flipped the switch on command quite well. Caleb and Peter caught sheep for the boys and the girls just looked on filling in empty gaps here and there.
Later some of us had to go prepare a hot meal which consisted of home-made biscuits and chili . ( Later that night, Luke commented that almost everywhere they shear, for those farmers who feed them, they serve either chili, hot dish or beef roast. ) Fred picked up the wool and stuffed it into the packer. He separated any black wool from the white because the white wool brings a better price than the black, having much more crimp to it.
When the job was finished we had bagged up approximately 10 pounds of wool per sheep sheared. There were 5 and 1/2 bags of wool, now safely stored in the quonset, ready for shipment back to Ohio. Not sure when the semi-trailer will get here to pick up all the stored wool from this season that the guys store inside the building, but hopefully he won’t get stuck in all this snow and wet soil.