Shearing day at Ewe Bet Ranch!

by Phoebe
A little while ago I was lucky enough to go to sheep shearing day at my friend's ranch here on the Colorado Front Range. This is a fun place to go watch the veterinarian (animal doctor) shear the thick wool off the sheep. For a sheep, getting sheared is just the same as getting a haircut. A year's growth of wool can weigh as much as 30 pounds! Then the ranchers can have the beautiful wool cleaned and made into roving for spinning or into yarn for knitting, weaving, or crocheting. I loved watching the baby lambs skip and play and then run back to their mothers. If you want to learn more about sheep shearing, you can read about it here at a website called Sheep 101.

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