The first week of August was spent at the Deschutes County Fair. The weather was very nice this year, only in the low 90's, clear and no thunderstorms. Our judge again this year was Pat Ariaz from California (read his story in The Banner, May 2012, pg 80-81).
Theo-Grand Champion Ram with Judge Pat Ariaz
Here we are standing with my Grand Champion Ram--Wool Division--Theo,
who was also the Grand Champion last year as a lamb. Great things are in
his future. His ram lambs born this February are spectacular and
available to work in your flock.
On Friday, the day after showing, I took a few moments to shear Theo for
a few fairgoers. They sure enjoyed seeing the beautiful fleece fall off. "Look, Mommy, the sheep is getting a haircut," was the common comment from children, or sometimes, "Does that hurt?"
The next project for my flock is shearing before the breeding groups go together. I am already plotting the ram/ewe combinations for the 2013 lamb crop.