This was the fourth engagement to have the sheep sheared after having been put off three earlier dates. The shearers were late over an hour. Had they come earlier, it was not raining, but had started to drizzle when they arrived. They were not prepared, brought nothing other than their shears and depended on me to supply whatever they needed. They were not fast and the job was terrible with lots of huge gashes in the sheep and blood and second cuts on the wool . The sheep were wet and the wool will have to be laid out carefully to dry and turned regularly so ensure it is dry. Rain is predicted for the next 3 days, so drying will be slow. Then they asked for cash, because if they got a cheque, they would have no money to spend for booze. I am not happy, feel terrible for the sheep. Some not only have cuts, but have terrible bits that were not shorn and pieces hanging here and there. Plus three sheep were missed and they did not do the alpacas or the llamas. My poor sheep, I feel so sorry for them.
Fluffy writes daily about the experiences on the farm and with the bed and breakfast patrons.