Can you imagine what these lovely locks would be like if the sheep had worn jackets all winter?43Y is a tall sheep and she still managed to get hay on her back, but if she was coated, her fleece would be pristine. I am going to do it differently this year, taking off the worst of the contaminated fleece and discarding it, then doing small bunches of curls in small packages for sale to the felting market. Hopefully, even though there is some vegetative matter, because it is not next to the skin, it will not affect the beautiful felted creations the artists make.
Shearing is set for March 19. I hope it does not rain because then the sheep cannot be sheared since I do not have anyplace to keep them dry. Otherwise, these locks will be for sale soon thereafter. Stay tuned.