Bruce Clement drives from New Hampshire to shear our flock. He uses electric shears that hang from an overhead beam in the barn we borrowed. If we are shearing outside, he rigs up a post in the ground to attach his shears to. Bruce is a retired New Hampshire Extension Agent and shearing is part of his retirement income. He knows a lot of about farming in New England and is a great guy to spend a day with. He has been raising sheep himself since he was a kid. He doesn’t often shear large flocks and we really appreciate him coming to help Kevin out.
Bruce left at around 4:00 and sheared 70 sheep. When both the men are shearing at full speed, Bruce shears three sheep for every two sheep Kevin shears. I find it amazing how fast Kevin can shear by hand with his blades. The picture below is an detail of Bruce's shears zipping through the fleece. You can see that the sheep is left with a ridged pattern on its body. In a couple days it will disappear and they will just look like a skinny sheep until the fleeces begins to fill out again.
I love the look on this ewe's face as she waits for her haircut to be done. Patience and relief!