~Our Son, Clayton, Shears 72 Ewes~

Nice method of shearing.  There's a pattern to this shearing every time.

Nice method of shearing. There’s a pattern to this shearing every time.

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Yesterday was sheep shearing day.  I haven’t seen Clayty shear any sheep since this time last year and I have to say I was pretty impressed!! He’s gotten really fast.   He worked his tail end off because our sheep are large and their wool is super thick.  Caleb caught sheep for him while Mario and Fred packed wool.

Clayton shearing while Mario wait for the wool!

Clayton shearing while Mario waits for the wool!

It had started to snow a bit and we were glad the sheep had been locked in the barn early, before their wool was made wet.  Clayty first went to one of our neighbors to shear and set us up for a ten a.m. spot.  He has been so busy with no days off except for Sundays as far as I know.  April 1 will bring a load of horses in for Clayton to start training.  To be young again……………

Close up of the action.

Close up of the action.

 

Nice clean job of shearing.

Nice clean job of shearing.

 

A beautiful birthday suit for this bred ewe, due to start lambing around April 6!

A beautiful birthday suit for this bred ewe, due to start lambing around April 6!

 

Mario is in charge of packing the wool.  He does a great job!

Mario is in charge of packing the wool. He does a great job!

 

Clayton's job was catching for Clayton.  Fred hand packed the darker type wool.  That kind of wool brings less money.

Caleb’s job was catching for Clayton. Fred hand packed the darker type wool. That kind of wool brings less money.

 

This cat sat watching with her tongue out the entire time.

This cat sat watching with her tongue out the entire time.

When it was all said and done, we had a nice meal and Fred welded some extra part on the packer machine to improve the way it works.  I sent Clayton home with two apple pies.  Hey, what comes around goes around after all!

 

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About Callens Honey Farm

We live on a small family farm located in S.W. Minnesota, near the South Dakota border. The source of our honey is from white and red clover. The honey appears as liquid gold in color. Our honey is extracted using a hand cranked centrifugal force extractor. Then the honey is screened once into a holding container from which we later fill the small honey bottles. We do not heat treat the honey nor add any other ingredients. Pure and natural is our Minnesota honey! What could taste better?
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2 Responses to ~Our Son, Clayton, Shears 72 Ewes~

  1. Jared says:

    I think it’s great what you all are doing. We need more Catholics out on the land. I myself would like to get some land someday and am planning on getting married this June. Could I send you an email asking some questions about how you made it work?

    Thanks,
    Jared

    • Hello Jared,
      Congratulations on your upcoming marriage 🙂 I love being married and I wish you all the best. You can email us at calico10@frontiernet.net and Fred and I will gladly correspond with you about how we do this. It’s not a bed of roses by any means but we think it’s a good life and a great way to raise kids. thanks for the note. God bless you. Sandra

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