Our heirloom sheep that are kept outside all year long, for example. When should we shear their wool?
- Various bloggers and enthusiasts: "Shear them right before they give birth, otherwise their lambs won't be able to nurse."
- Mentor 1 with hundreds of primarily meat-producing animals: "Make sure to shear them twice a year to avoid the wool getting too long and weighing them down when they get wet."
- Mentor 2 with hundreds of heirloom sheep: "Shear them around midsummer, that's when they naturally start molting. That a lamb won't be able to nurse unless the mother is shorn is complete nonsense!"
My sister summed up our woes and worries with rearing animals: How long is a piece of string? You hear one thing, read another, then just have to work it out yourself... Cross your fingers and hope for the best.
|7 out of 8 sheep, all glorious wool and curly horns|