A Haircut for Herc

@JudyEv (121547)
Bunbury, Australia
November 29, 2016 1:47am CST
Many of you have read various discussions about Herc, our pet sheep. Today was the day to have him shorn. I wanted to get a video of him jumping into our trailer on his own which we succeeded in doing. Mostly sheep have to be forced up a ramp or whatever but Herc is happy to pop up on his own. The weather is lovely and warm now so I don't think he will miss not having his fleece. Hopefully I can load the clip. It's a pity I have to be on it but someone needed to lead him in. I didn't realise I had such a squeaky voice. Now you'll all be listening for my funny voice – serve me right for bringing it to your attention.
Hercules, age 13 + was rescued at age 2. He's now part of the family and he demands his share of attention.
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@JohnRoberts (54566)
• Los Angeles, California
29 Nov 16
What do you do with the fleece?
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov 16
We leave it with the shearer as it is worth very little. He would put it with other odds and ends of wool and eventually get a small amount for it.
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@JohnRoberts (54566)
• Los Angeles, California
29 Nov 16
@JudyEv I guess the value of wool comes in massive bulk.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov 16
@JohnRoberts There is also the quality to consider. Herc is a crossbred - a mix of a wool and meat breed so he doesn't have fine Merino type wool nor is it long and of the type that spinners look for.
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@UncleJoe (9753)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
29 Nov 16
Does he really like to get shorn or is he try to pull the woll over your eyes?
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov 16
He confided to me that he thought he'd been fleeced!
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@xFiacre (4386)
• Ireland
29 Nov 16
@judyev You both deserve an Oscar for that performance.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov 16
You're too kind.
@MarymargII (9622)
• Toronto, Ontario
29 Nov 16
Ah hood ol' Herc always ready for a bit of pampering- and oh my God it looks warm there for Spring- actually our Winter (Southern Ontario) is just like it right now----strange!
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov 16
The weather is beautiful right now.
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• Toronto, Ontario
30 Nov 16
@JudyEv You can always give Herc a little stodge if the weather reverts to a colder temp. He looks like he'd love some!
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Nov 16
@MarymargII He is starting to lose his teeth so he might need stodge soon. :)
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@CRK109 (14465)
• United States
29 Nov 16
He's gorgeous! I had to laugh at the photo, however! That's not exactly his best view! lol And there's nothing at all wrong with your voice! But I understand. I've always thought mine was way too nasal. But everyone else knows my voice and is used to it. It always tends to give me a jolt when I hear it! lol
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov 16
No, not his best view. A bit demeaning really.
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@CRK109 (14465)
• United States
30 Nov 16
@JudyEv I'm sure that if he knew you'd taken this photo, he'd have a lot to say to you! lol
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Nov 16
@CRK109 I think he is glaring at me. :)
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@jaboUK (53539)
• United Kingdom
29 Nov 16
It's odd how our own voices sound strange to our own ears, isn't it? Yours sounded fine to me. It certainly looks as if he needed shearing. He's pretty old - how long do sheep usually live for?
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov 16
I'm glad I didn't sound too strange. He is about 14 we think which is really getting on for a sheep. He is officially 'old' as he is what is termed 'broken-mouthed' meaning he has teeth missing. I'll do a post about it soon.
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@jstory07 (66168)
• Roseburg, Oregon
29 Nov 16
Do you sell the fur of the sheep. That is nice that he is part of your family.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov 16
The wool isn't worth anything really so I let the shearer keep it. He will have lots of odd fleeces but will eventually be able to sell it for a small amount.
@moffittjc (42215)
• Gainesville, Florida
30 Nov 16
Does Herc like getting shorn? What happens to all the wool on a sheep if nobody ever cuts it off? By the way, I like your video! It's great to see the real-live person behind the myLot facade!
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Nov 16
Facade?? :) We rescued one sheep that had been running in the forest for about three years. The wool just gets longer and longer but they usually end up getting tangled up somewhere or else they get fly-blown. I'll add a photo of Petal with her three years wool.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Nov 16
Facade?? If a sheep misses getting short the wool just gets longer and longer. Here is Petal who ran in the bush for three years and missed getting shorn.
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@moffittjc (42215)
• Gainesville, Florida
30 Nov 16
@JudyEv I wasn't sure if the sheep would shed the wool on its own, or if it would just keep getting longer and longer! Thanks for explaining! I'm a city boy, so I don't know much about these sorts of things!
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• Preston, England
29 Nov 16
he's so well behaved, and your voice sounds fine
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov 16
He's very good really although he gets a bit impatient if he has to wait too long for his pellets.
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• Preston, England
6 Dec 16
@JudyEv I'd probably be the same - maybe I was a sheep in a previous life lol
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Dec 16
@arthurchappell Are you one of these that get grumpy if they don't get their dinner on the dot of whatever?
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• United States
3 Dec 16
how sweet! don't we all kinda adopt a higher pitched voice fer some reason when we're talkin' with critters?? lol. dang, i wish that ewe that lived here'd been that cooperative. i finally gave'p 'n learnt to shear her myself. a task she disliked immensely when others attempted such. she t'was most patient with my fumblin' 'til i'd 'mastered' the process.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Dec 16
Isn't that interesting that she didn't play up with you? It's a wonder they don't all kick and wriggle but most lay there quietly.
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• United States
4 Dec 16
@JudyEv i've always wondered why she got 'long so well with me? perhaps all the hours spent out'n the pasture with her'n the other critters? i miss her...e'en 'fter all these years she's been gone, i look fer her when i'm able to get out :(
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Dec 16
@crazyhorseladycx Vince always reckons Herc looks for me in preference to him but I'm not sure that's true. It might be because when we first got him Vince was still working and had little to do with the sheep except perhaps on weekends. Maybe Herc thinks I'm the 'leader of the flock'.
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@rebelann (39734)
• El Paso, Texas
29 Nov 16
I love the photo and the video ..... I didn't think your voice was squeaky at all.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov 16
Isn't he good just to hop in the trailer like that?
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@rebelann (39734)
• El Paso, Texas
29 Nov 16
Yes he was @JudyEv but honestly I would have thought they do anyway, I've never been around sheep.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov 16
@rebelann Most would be running a mile. Only sheep brought up with people from lambs are so tame.
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
29 Nov 16
He really did just jump right in. I don't think you have a squeaky voice and it was nice putting a face with a name
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov 16
I was trying to keep out the way but I had to lead him in. Isn't he just so cute?
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
30 Nov 16
@JudyEv He is just adorable! He makes me want to have a sheep as a pet.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Nov 16
@simone10 We are both very fond of him. :)
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@Lucky15 (33416)
• Philippines
29 Nov 16
Herc! I miss you :)
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov 16
He is cute, isn't he?
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@Lucky15 (33416)
• Philippines
29 Nov 16
@JudyEv He is, is he still doing that?that getting into he fence or something? :))
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Nov 16
@Lucky15 We electrified the fence for a day or two and he got zapped and now he doesn't go near it.
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@fishtiger58 (30344)
• Momence, Illinois
30 Nov 16
I didn't think you sounded squeaky. That is one big sheep.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Dec 16
That's good. I suppose he is big but we don't really notice it.
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@fishtiger58 (30344)
• Momence, Illinois
1 Dec 16
@JudyEv Yup he's big, at least I think so
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• United States
30 Nov 16
This is great for you showing that NO HARM comes to these guys (do they shorn female sheep too ?, I know dumb question but I really do not know so I am asking an expert, you) because so many videos and conservationists stand up and say this harms them; while in my opinion I think they really appreciate the love . . . am I right @JudyEv ?
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Nov 16
Some sheep breeds shed their wool and don't need to be shorn. Others grow bigger, heavier fleeces and need to be shorn. It doesn't 'harm' them but I doubt they appreciate the love either. They'd just like to go their own way and be sheep. But if the wool isn't removed especially round the tail then perhaps they have a bit of diarrhoea and the area gets wet and smelly. Blowflies lay their eggs there, these hatch into maggots and begin feeding on the flesh of the sheep. Unless the farmer realises what is happening and cleans up the sheep it will be more or less eaten alive by the maggots. Certainly it will die. And this would be a much worse experience than being shorn once a year. So shearing is necessary until they stop breeding sheep that don't shed. I forgot to say both sexes get shorn. :)
@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Nov 16
On second thoughts you might have been thinking about mulesing where they take a strip of skin off down each side of the tail. This certainly seems very cruel but again the cuts heal and tighten the skin in that area making the sheep much less susceptible to fly-strike. On the big sheep stations with thousands of sheep, doing this would save much suffering and deaths on the part of the sheep.
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@just4him (113427)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
30 Nov 16
Well done. I think your voice is lovely.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Nov 16
Thank you. I wouldn't have done it but I wanted to show everyone how clever Herc is. :)
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@just4him (113427)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
30 Nov 16
@JudyEv He is clever.
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@DianneN (76154)
• United States
29 Nov 16
Loved seeing you and hearing your unsqueaky voice! Of course that Herc is a real beauty and good jumper!
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov 16
Isn't he cute? I'm sure he's nearly as nice as your 'inkwell'.
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@DianneN (76154)
• United States
29 Nov 16
@JudyEv I'm sure he is! He is precious. I'd cry if I had to leave him, too.
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@LadyDuck (152581)
• Switzerland
29 Nov 16
I have watched the video Judy, Herc is funny, he jumped on the trailer as he knew it was to have an haircut.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov 16
He is such a lovely animal. So obliging.
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@LadyDuck (152581)
• Switzerland
29 Nov 16
@JudyEv Yes, he is so sweet.
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@Inlemay (16489)
• South Africa
29 Nov 16
I am glad that is not me being Haircutted! ha ha ha
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov 16
It looks pretty uncomfortable doesn't it?
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@Inlemay (16489)
• South Africa
29 Nov 16
@JudyEv absolutely but i can imagine totally necessary in this heat
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@Tampa_girl7 (25400)
• United States
1 Dec 16
Thanks for sharing the video.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Dec 16
Everyone has their cats and dogs to talk about so I'm glad I've got Herc. I might feel a bit out of it otherwise. :)