Faroese Summer – Shearing Sheep

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Summer for me means a lot of farm work and shearing sheep is one of them. Usually it takes two good days to get all of them done.

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First of all we need to get the sheep down from the mountain, that includes a lot of walking and some running.

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Lady, as the sheepdog she is, of course gets to tag along. This year though she needs to be on a leash, because she is only a puppy at heart and still doesn’t really get how it’s suppose to be done. Although she did pretty well fir being her first time.

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It went okey this year. We got almost all of them down.

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And of course men needed a break after all of the walking and running.

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“Back to work, the sheep are waiting” someone yelled.

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We don’t shear the lambs here in The Faroe Islands. It’s to cold, even in the summer for them to be able to survive if they get sheared.

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However we do vaccinate them, which became my job. Someone read my blog on when we helped out at the cattle ranch in Canada and figured, if I could vaccinate cows I had to vaccinate the sheeo to.

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This ones horns where growing to close to his head, so he had to have a little trim.

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And my Grandfather was in charge of de worming medicine, every sheep needs that.

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a Scottish Blackhead, my favorite kind of sheep, ready to be sheared.

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Even some women help out at this particular time. Shearing wool is an easy womans job, some said. I on the other hand grew up following my Grandfather arround, so I do everything. Even the jobs that are considered to be the men’s job. I can’t count how many times I have heard the words “Harriet, you need to act more like a Lady” hehehe.

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But in the end of the day all that really matters is that the job is well done rigth?

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And that there is time for some goofing arround if you ask my brothers.

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Lady is probably the only one who is ready for a second round.

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