The time to shear will soon be upon us (usually March or April) so early this week Karen and I drove an hour and a half to see Kevin Ford ( considered by most to be the best blade shearer in the U.S.) shear sheep. We went with snow predicted and came back in a snow squall so I want to give Karen an award (she has goats that don't even need shearing). Actually, Karen and I are,were,are,were,.... going to shear my 6 sheep and llama. Originally (way back) I had planned to but then I saw what it entailed. As I started looking for options Karen and I started helping each other with our animals and Karen told me we could do. So I started believing her and the next logical step was to take her to see a master demonstrate. Karen took an incredible video of it on her camera in a dark barn ( you can view it if you go to her blog under blogs I follow). HIMJ "Shearing a Sheep"
Karen was a professional hairdresser for part of her work life so maybe that was part of what gave me optimism but when I recall Karen, my sister Gail (a nurse), and I trying to draw goat blood at Karen's house maybe I should come to realize IT JUST ISN'T THE SAME.
I think I am back to looking at the options.