What better way to celebrate Easter than to care for some sheep? Of course, that is after worshiping Jesus, after lunch, after egg hunting. Which explains why my nephew was wearing a tie while doing farm work.
Our niece and nephew volunteered to help us vaccinate, tag, and trim hooves while our oldest niece agreed to babysit. Thanks, kids!
First, we had to tag a few sheep. There is another post on that here.
Next, we had to vaccinate against tetanus. Cause who wants lock jaw?
Finally, we had to trim the hooves on the momma ewes. I learned how to do this by watching a YouTube video. Think of the hooves as fingernails. In sheep, when they get too long, they curl around the bottom of the foot. See it in the picture below?
Joel is my second cousin in law. He grew up on a large dairy and swine farm. He graciously stopped by to lend a hand when we mentioned we were doing sheep chores. He had never trimmed sheep hooves but jumped right in to help. We needed an adult holding each sheep, then another adult trimming. It was also helpful to have someone hold the leg getting trimmed. The adults took turn holding and trimming. Those clippers give the forearm a bit of a work out.
Our gallery. Who doesn’t love a good sheep trim?
All in all, the process of trimming hooves went smoothly. Some of the ewes actually seemed to enjoy all the attention, like the one pictured above.