There have been some photos and even video footage displaying a very inaccurate portrayal of when sheep are sheared. I am linking to a post I wrote a little while back about how our sheep are shorn. I have kept pretty quiet about this issue because honestly I found the photo to be sickening and it was not even a real sheep, sometimes less is more. The job of sheep shearers is a very tough job and it is exhausting. Sometimes the sheep do not cooperate and they can get a scrape or even a bad cut. I hope that you will continue to ask questions about sheep and how we raise them. Just be sure you are not getting your information from groups or people who are anti anything animal, they tend to tell a one-sided story. There are bad actors out there unfortunately but 99% of us farmers out there are working hard to make sure our animals have the best care possible. I love wool and think it is a fiber that combines farmers and artists to create fashion that is timeless. So please rest assured that it is absolutely safe to support our wool industry by purchasing and wearing a product we are very proud to raise.
Here are two photos I wanted to share of a Ewe (girl) and a Ram (boy) after they have been shorn. We raise Horned Dorset sheep and the males and females both have horns. We sheared our sheep about 3 weeks ago and now everyone is out on the pasture and the rams are turned in with the ewes so that we can have fall baby lambs. After breeding it is about 140 days and you will have a baby lamb born.