It was time to change the sheep jackets last weekend. As their wool grows we have to move them into larger and larger jackets. I thought it would be a good time for a post on why we jacket our sheep.
Here is Fiona in her too-small jacket:
Jacketing is more expensive, higher maintenance, and somewhat risky because the animals can get hung up on things. So why do we do it?
It protects the fiber, keeping it from staining, sun bleaching (in the case of dark sheep), and matting. And it keeps the hay and manure out of it. It gives us a superior finished product when we shear them. It can add $10-15 per lb to the fleece if we sell it.
I think a picture is worth a thousand words in this case. Here she is with her jacket off:
And here is Daphne:
The extra work, and money is worth it to us for the fiber to be in such better condition.