We sheared my ewe this way in January...and she had healthy, happy twins four days later. She did not seem to be in discomfort - just torqued off that we dared touch her in the first place. :haha:len said:I am seriously considering tackling it myself this year...but the method I learned (and am VERY rusty at) is the sit 'em on their butts technique. Open the fleece down the belly, lay 'em on one side and shear, lay 'em on the other side and shear. I am concerned about rolling them around when they are heavy in lamb. This is not the time to jeopardize lambs/moms.
The cost of custom shearing 80 odd sheep will be about the same as the cost of a new set of clippers...and I work for free of course. <smile>
Most of my flock is Romanov or Romanov cross so the wool is 'contaminated' with hair so no market for the wool, it's a throwaway.