Our flock of thirteen ewes was sheared on Monday morning this week, April 26th. The picture below of some of our sheep was taken before the shearing, but all went well and the many bags of fleece will now be processed at a woolen mill and turned into sceins of yarn that we will eventually sell.
The two professional sheep-shearers, neighbors from the Navajo Nation in New Mexico, completed their work in less than four hours. They work completely with non-electric hand-clippers, the traditional method used by shearers for centuries. Their speed and accuracy is impressive and admirable.
Needless to say the fairly newborn lambs, now ten in number, will only be sheared when they are older, later this year.
Greetings and prayers from Abbot Christian and the monks