Fleecy Friday

 

 

Hi folks! my name is Oscar..us sheeps don’t get much blog time and it is time to speak up!

 

Hi i'm Oscar
Hi i’m Oscar

Me and my woolly brothers are 9 this year and as we are getting older we need a bit more care..we aren’t like dogs and cats..we live outside..all the time..and that’s fine by us!

This means though we need to be kept cool in Summer and Warm in winter..one way we cope is with our wool!

I am Merino amd my mum was  big caramel coloured sheepie.beautiful ..and big!

Felix is part Merino an Corriedale..

Felix
Felix

See he has little horns..

Jock is a Suffolk sheepie…

Jock
Jock

Now we have Summer we need haircuts..and shearers are really hard to find!

You see it’s hard on their backs..and the older ones are either unable to do it anymore or won’t do it for small mobs..like us..

And the young peeps don’t want to do it..so mum and dad have had a hard time finding a shearer..

But they found one..and tomorrow we get a haircut..

Now we do NOT like this…we had a meeting and decided to make it as hard as possible for mum to round us up….Baaaaa

Ok..this is what we have to do guys!
Ok..this is what we have to do guys!

Now mum and dad do what they can to make it easier for us..they FAST us for 24 hours..we can have water but no feed and we get locked in the barn..you see we have 4 stomachs…and when we have feed and water in there and then we get bent over to be shorn it is very very painful..all he gases build up and some poor sheep can have heart attacks!

This  is why you see sheep struggle when they are shorn!

When the shearer comes he will need power and he plugs in and then gets shearing..he has a back harness that usually is attached to his ute to keep his back protected and supported.

He will shear us then ‘backline’ us against bugs and lice and such and then urghhh ‘drench’ us.

This is a dog or cat version of worm paste!

You see we can get worms from the soil even though mum and dad rotate us in paddocks.

So tonight we will be rounded up into the barn..and its hot..which mum does not like but it is the only way to keep us from pain ..we need a certain amount of wool to keep us cool as it is an insulator and also keeps us warm in winter.

But too much wool (and we are very very heavily laden with wool) is not good..

Also flystrike can be a problem..certain flies can attack us and then we are in big big trouble..Felix had flystrike years ago..it happened very quickly and we nearly lost him..mum had to get the maggots out of him by hand until the vet could get there…gross..really gross..and to this day he has a small patch that will not grow wool near his butt on his back.

When sheep get sick they walk away from their herd..they actually give up and wait to die!

We also need to be able to get up..we cannot stay on the ground as we can die because of the way our stomachs work..

So there is some of the info on sheep and what we do..we can remember up to 100 people..and are shy of strangers..so we usually know the shearer and act up..so a new guy will be a challenge!

Mum plans on giving Miss Sharon from Gentle Stitches some of our wool! it is beautiful and fresh from the paddock to you!
Oh and another thing..we tend to get feisty with each other after a haircut..you see we kind of don’t recognise each other! I know silly but true..so we get all rowdy for a few days..makes mum laugh!

And also..with Australia day coming up the ads in TV are telling everyone to eat Lamb on the day…we say…

NO!
NO!

 

I mean who eats something as cute as us!

My handsome flower in the mouth look
My handsome flower in the mouth look
Jocks beautiful fat butt
Jocks beautiful fat butt
Three amigos we are!
Three amigos we are!
Me and mum having a smooch
Me and mum having a smooch

So wish us luck! Tomorrow we get our haircuts…

Fozziemum : always a stressful day when the boys get shorn,they are getting older and stress is not good for them so we always worry.We hope this shearer is good as some are like butchers and leave terrible cuts on them..we have been lucky so far with who we had but he is out of action with his back..We have a spray called Centrigen which is purple and sprayed on any nicks so the flies do not attack..Jock in particular is a concern as he has the continued problem with his legs and there is not much that can be done so we hope he copes ok with the shearing..sadly sheep can be problematic with so many things..they are our babies and we love them dearly so please spare a thought for our day tomorrow and hope it all goes well!

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40 thoughts on “Fleecy Friday

  1. What fine looking sheep you all are. We cannot imagine how anyone could eat anything as cute as you all. Very interesting reading about how your Mum and Dad take such good care of you. We don’t eat sheep but we do send them lots of hugs and nose kisses

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  2. What a lovely informative blog about sheep, and very attractive sheep too….all the best with the shearing guys, I hope the shearer is kind and gentle to you all.

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  3. Sending purrrrrrrs for safe haircuts today pals……it’s a shame that it’s almost dangerous for you to be shorn but with sloppy cutting I can see it might be scary…..also the tummy problems are a bit scary. I’m going to be happy to hear that you’re all OK!!!

    Hugs, Sammy

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    1. Thanks Sammy..dad rounded us up and we are safe in the barn…we will baa all night BAAA ..yes it is a painful thing if we are not fasted..very complex critters! I a sure we will all be ok! at least now it is cool tonight o not so hot in the barn! hugs Oscar xx

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  4. I understand, that’s not easy for woolly dudes&dudettes to meet the hair dresser. Some of them are bad guys and act totally rude, specially when they do piece work at big flocks of sheep. I wish you all the luck of the world and I hope the hair dresser has not only good hands, he hopefully has a heart for you too.

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    1. Easy thankyou..yes some shearees behave like they are preparing you for the dinner plate ..shudders! we had one guy years ago cut us up really bad..we ended up looking like Billy idol with purple spray all over us..our punk rock phase! so we hope this guy is a gentleman! BAAAA Oscar XXX

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  5. OH MY SHEEPS…THANK YOU SO MUCH OSCAR FOR THIS WONDERFUL POST. WE HAD ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA ABOUT ALL THAT GOES WITH SHEARING, ESPECIALLY THE STOMACH STUFF. I GUESS IT IS ABOUT TIME IN OZ FOR THE SHEARING TO BEGIN OR MAYBE IT IS OVER. IN EITHER CASE WE SEND HUGS TO THE HUMANS AND NOSE TAPS TO YOU BRAVE BOYS
    HUGS MADI AND MOM YOUR BFFF

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    1. Miss Madi thankyou..we are in the barn (tricked I say!) and await the shearer this afternoon! indeed there is a lot about sheep that peeps do not know..we are pretty cool! BAAAAA loves Oscar xx

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  6. doodz…heerz hopin bye de time ewe reed thiz… de sheerin iz done, de sheerin doodz gone home… N ewe all iz aye oh kay….thiz troo lee iz an interestin post…we reel lee liked reedin thiz….just for good meazure…we will ask R rockin awesum pal st francis ta watch over ya… { pee ezz…we due knot like de groomerz either…matter oh fact…most kittehz…N pupz two…dont }

    heerz two a goatfish N guppy kinda week oh end !!♥♥♥

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    1. Thanks guys! we are pretty interesting characters! but our plan fell foul and dad tricked us into the barn..now we are starving!! and waiting for this afternoons stylist to rock up..St Francis’s help will be used today BAAAAAA have a great weekend dudes..loves Oscar BAAAAAA XX

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  7. OMD!!!!! Thanks for all the info, Oscar ……. who knew????? Crikey, I thought you blokes just wandered around eatin’ and eatin’ and NEVER had any problems. Who knew???? I knew you had to get a haircut occasionally but I thought that was it. 4 stomachs? Fair dinkum?? No wonder you never stop eatin, aye??

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    1. Baaaa Charlie! yep we seem to eat all the time but all we are doing is chewing our cud..takes a lot of work to get food through all those stomachs:) we fell sucker to dad getting us in the barn last night..dang! and at leats it is cooler than yesterday..so now we are starving!!! and have to wait for this bloke to turn up this arvo…mum said he better be gentle..our usual sheep stylist is..he better be too! Baaa Oscar xx

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  8. We so enjoyed reading about you all! We didn’t know much about sheep, but Mom says she has always wanted some. She didn’t know there was so much involved though! MOL! You are all so cute! Good luck with the shearer!

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    1. Thankyou guys! yes we are wonderful pets and family members but there is a lot to consider and being outside all the time can also and more worries! we hope the shearer comes soon because we ahv not eaten in like forever!!!! BAAAAA loves Oscar xxxxx

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  9. Deer Jock an Oscar an Felix mee did not know all theese fingss bout yur kind! Mee has had a few sheep furendss on thee farm butt wee not berry close….
    Wee sure hope thee sheerin goess well..pleese do not stress out too much….
    Deer Aunty Bev wee wishess you Good Luck with thee sheerin of thee sheepiess….they sure are bouncey aren’t they?? 😉
    Pawss crossed fur all of youss…
    Luv Siddhartha an LadyMum ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

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