it's shearing time all around the south! as the tempuratures keep crawling up animals get a break it by losing their winter coats. last year i attended the shearing day at sweet olive farm. traditionally, it is a day where neighbors and friends come and help out and watch the shearing. they also take the opportunity to give shots and clip nails. each fleece is placed in it's own bag and carefully marked and tracked. sweet olive farm then brings it to a place where they process it into yarn and each fleece is made into it's own yarn. click here to see where the fleece gets processed.
photos and words by kristen abch