Monday, November 5

Monday Dose of Cute: Sheep Working Sunday Afternoon

Sheep working Sunday afternoon (1) -

More photos below. . .

Sheep working Sunday afternoon (2) -

Sheep working Sunday afternoon (3) -

Sheep working Sunday afternoon (4) -

Sheep working Sunday afternoon (5) -

Sheep working Sunday afternoon (7) -

Sheep working Sunday afternoon (8) -

More sheep working scenes? Here.
More sheep doing other things? Here.

©, the sunlit foodie farm blog where being the farm photographer often makes it look like I don't do much of the work around here, but in between taking photos, I'm actually the one who straps on the drenching backpacks and administers the liquid wormers and health tonics to the sheep. I'm also in charge of all hoof trimming and foot care. And vet care. And lambing season. And 90% of snuggling duty. (You'll find evidence of that other 10% here and here, although some hunky farmguy might argue that he isn't technically snuggling.)


  1. Do you all sell that wool locally or to a large purchasing corporation? I've never had sheep and they have always looked so lovable to me.

    1. Hi Lynda,
      This is the time of year when the sheep are the wooliest - and most lovable. I can't go check on the flock without snuggling at least one or two. :)

      As for the wool, back when I first started raising sheep (in the mid 1990s), I used to sell it to my sheep shearer, who saved up everybody's wool and sold it all at once to a regional buyer. It was great because it usually covered the cost of shearing, and then some. But after a few years the bottom dropped out of the wool market, and there still isn't anywhere to sell it.

      Even though they're wooly, we don't raise 'wool' sheep (we raise meat sheep), so their wool isn't prized by spinners, etc. Also, we now cross our wool sheep with Katahdin hair sheep, which really doesn't have a market.

      For answers to lots more sheep shearing questions, including more about what we do with the wool, check out this 2010 sheep shearing post. And you'll find all of the previous sheep shearing posts here.

  2. The light is so beautiful in those first photos!

  3. Are the Shetland Sheep?

    1. Hi Lauren,
      No Shetlands. They're mostly Suffolk and Katahdin hair sheep crosses, though we do still have a few pure Suffolks (with the black heads and legs). And the purebred Katahdins are the ones with the long tails - well, except for Fiona, a cross whose tail we forgot to dock. :)

  4. The light in the first photos is gorgeous. Wow.

  5. Beautiful lighting in the barn! Nope, guys NEVER admit to snuggling! ;-)

  6. Lovely pictures. Idyllic. I much prefer sheep to goats.


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