Shearing at Timm Ranch in 2019

On Thursday I went to the Timm Ranch about 10 miles from here to buy wool for this year’s yarn production. Three Farm Club members (and a FC husband) went with me. That’s a good thing because there were two shearers this year and it took all of us to keep up.

Sheep ready to be shorn.

The sheep are a ranch blend of Rambouillet, Polypay, and Targhee breeding.

Ewe ready for shearing.
Ewe ready to be shorn.

They have a very soft fine wool.

Rams ready for shearing.

Here are three of the five rams.

Ram portrait.

Closeup of one ram.

Timm Ranch sheep .

We got there before the shearers so we helped move sheep around. These are the fall lambs that will be sold so were not being shorn.

Ewe with new lamb.

There was a group of ewes with younger lambs that needed to be brought to the shearing barn. This was the newest lamb.

Brown alpaca

The alpaca looked on but was not shorn.

Guardian dog

The guardian dog waited to be back on the job.

Border Collie puppies

There are five 8-week old Border Collie puppies.

Border collie puppy.

Who can resist cuddling puppies?

Lichen covered roof

Did you notice the roof in the previous photo? Probably not because why notice a roof when there is a cute puppy? This photo focuses on that beautiful roof.

Shearing Timm Ranch sheep.

Once shearing started we got to work.

Fresh fleece being carried to the skirting table.

Alan brought fleeces to the skirting tables as they were shorn.

Skirting wool at the Timm Ranch

Susan, Alora, Doris, and I worked at two tables to skirt. We had brought portable canopies to protect from the sun that we usually have but it was overcast. We eventually put the canopies up as it started to rain (but fortunately was never more than a sprinkle).

Staples of Timm Ranch fleece.

The fleeces were gorgeous.

Fleece staple.

They were clean and strong.

Shearing a ewe.
Fleece samples for micron testing

I kept samples of some of the fleeces but forgot to bring small bags or envelopes for them. The dashboard of the truck worked until I needed to drive home.

Farm Club members and a pile of wool.

The day went quickly with two shearers so we finished by mid-afternoon. This is our Farm Club selfie.

Baling 200 pounds of wool

I ended up with about 215 pounds of wool.

Baling wool

Baling my wool is the last thing before the shearers leave. I look forward to the yarn to be returned in a few months. See last year’s Timm Ranch yarn.