This cute girl named Tapioca is leading our show flock off to the 50th Annual Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival this Thursday. She will be undergoing quite the transformation as Penny takes her from her round wooliness to something streamlined and glistening. Actually, underneath that blanket her wool is almost a blinding white.
What does that blanket do?
Well, it keeps the dust and dirt from sticking to all of the lanolin coating her wool. The lanolin protects the wool from the elements and the Romney breed is known for the lustre found in their wool. We’ll be sure to share photos of her transformation this week!
It’s hard to believe but she was already ‘blocked out’ in early February. Blocking out is when we take the electric shears but instead of removing all of the wool we just give her a ‘haircut’ to remove some of the excess length and to keep the wool in tip top condition (just like how a haircut helps maintain the overall health of your hair!).
Along with Tapioca we are bringing Spud, the Romeldale/CVM ram, his twin offspring (Patty and Hughey, born Feb 12) and one of our purebred Dorset production lambs for fun. And talking of fun, we had a little bit of fun with Hughey the other night, recreating the Henny Penny Logo in real life. What do you think?