With spring finally poking up around the country, it’s time for your sheep herds to get sheared. You definitely want that heavy winter coat off your sheep before it gets too warm, but you don’t want to shear any ewes when they’re close to lambing. This can cause too much undue stress for your sheep.
That being said, let’s take a look at a few early spring sheep shearing tips.
Prep your sheep
One of the most important things to do is properly prepare your sheep for shearing. This means that they’re clean and dry. Shearing wet, dirty wool is much more time intensive, laborious process. Additionally, if you’re having your sheep sheared by a professional, you don’t want to take up more of their time by forcing them to handle dirty, wet wool.
Remember it’s a tough job
If you decide to shear your sheep on your own, remember that it’s an incredibly labor-intensive job. If you’ve never sheared before, you definitely need a professional on hand to help you make sure you don’t ruin the wool, and more importantly that you don’t harm your sheep.
Sheep shearing is a lot of work, but the end result is a large pile of money – in the form of wool, of course. Now, if you have any other questions, or need equipment to start your shearing season, contact the team here at D-S Livestock Equipment in Frostburg, Maryland. We can be reached at 800-949-9997.