Remember the scene in the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy and her friends finally make it to Emerald City, and receive the royal spa treatment? Well, it might not be an exact parallel, but when we give our sheep the ‘spa treatment,’ it’s much the same idea. We trim and clean their hooves (manicure and pedicure), shear away matted, stubborn wool (our version of a wash and perm), and check them for any parasites they might have picked up in their travels (umm… juice-fast, anyone?). Twice each year, in the spring and fall, we round up our flock of Katahdin sheep and lambs, and prepare them for the rigors of winter cold and summer heat.
Here’s what a morning of sheep spa treatment looks like at our farm, Smith Meadows.