One of the great things about Shetland Sheep is that they were bred to release their wool naturally by shedding. A lot of breeders have bred out this trait, since it is faster to shear a sheep than to roo it (pluck the wool). I was so happy when I discovered that Puddin was shedding her hair.
I started out with her on this plywood, but there was a breeze wanting to blow the wool into the dirt, and a bit hard on my legs trying to get down to her level. So I moved her to the stanchion. I never locked her head in the stanchion (she's to short), instead I tied her lead to the headpiece. She stood still, and seemed to really enjoy the process. I think it must have felt good.
There are 3 types of Shetland fleece. Her type is called Kindly. It means she has a fine, single coat with no guard hairs.
Although she looks like she has bald spots in the picture, she doesn't, it's just the way the sun shone through her wool in the picture.
She was left with a short fuzzy coat, but not as short as if she had been sheared.
My hands got a very heavy bath in lanolin. Sheep shears must have really soft hands.
The result was 2 cartloads of her beautiful fleece for me to play with (I think it weighed about 2 1/2 pounds), and a much more comfortable Puddin.
To find out more about Shetland Sheep go to the North American Shetland Sheepbreeders Association website.