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JRF Shearing and Sheep Co.

JRF Shearing and Sheep Co. JRF Shearing is a five+ year shearing business that handles small sheep and goat farms. Trained by Penn State Extension of Bucks County through DVU.

Thank you for checking out my services! I'm a 5+ year sheep shearer that covers a wide area. I go to the farms the big guys don't cover. With shearing, deworming, and foot trimming, make sure your wooly friends are ready for the upcoming summer! As a livestock science and management major, I can help with any health issues as well and for newer sheep farmers, I can assist in what ever you need. I

Thank you for checking out my services! I'm a 5+ year sheep shearer that covers a wide area. I go to the farms the big guys don't cover. With shearing, deworming, and foot trimming, make sure your wooly friends are ready for the upcoming summer! As a livestock science and management major, I can help with any health issues as well and for newer sheep farmers, I can assist in what ever you need. I

Operating as usual

Christmas Eve event with Dakota and the lambs at @gtwy.church. After a few hours the lambs were exhausted but I’m so gla...
12/24/2021

Christmas Eve event with Dakota and the lambs at @gtwy.church. After a few hours the lambs were exhausted but I’m so glad they were able to spread joy and happiness tonight ❤️ giving back to the community is the best Christmas gift I can give. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone! I wish you all well as we travel into this new year and can’t wait to see you all in the spring 😍

I want to preface this by saying, in no possible way am I putting the current owner of these sheep on blast. This post i...
12/21/2021

I want to preface this by saying, in no possible way am I putting the current owner of these sheep on blast. This post is directed at the previous owner whom I do not know and don’t care to ever know.
These sheep came in from the Dakotas and Midwest. They’re meat breed sheep heading to slaughter. However, most slaughter houses are not very happy to have fully wooled sheep come in. The current owner contacted me before they were shipped out to shear them. Now, I understand not being able to find a shearer and it can be hard sometimes but considering they’re from the west where everyone and their neighbor is a shearer, there’s no excuse for this. These sheep had clearly never been shorn. They had wool to their feet, they were tripping on their own wool. As heartbreaking as it was to see sheep in such a state of neglect, I almost felt happy for them that they were able to have some relief before they went to their final destination. What’s a lifetime worth of wool and dirt weigh you might ask? 50 pounds average for these guys. That’s 50 pounds of dirt and wool clinging to their skin. I sheared 17 out of 31 since they chewed through my blades with their matting and dirt. In total, I sheared 1500 pounds of wool off these sheep on a Saturday afternoon. My back was hurting, I was exhausted, my shears were hot but these sheep finally felt relief.
I know I usually preach about shearing your sheep and it may come off as a little biased since I am a shearer but just to put it in full scale, sheep NEED shorn! It doesn’t matter if they’re bound to be eaten or staying as a pet or replacement. A well cared for animal is a good tasting animal.

Lil Nas X may have the horses in the back but I have the sheep in the back! Tonight, Dakota and her babies were in a nat...
12/20/2021

Lil Nas X may have the horses in the back but I have the sheep in the back! Tonight, Dakota and her babies were in a nativity scene. Being as I’m either lazy or efficient (depends on how you look at it), I decided not to hook up my 16ft trailer for just one ewe and two lambs. So, I tarped up the back of my car and lifted Dakota in and out of it. She was as content as a ewe could be in the back of the car and settled right in. No complaints out of anyone, almost like they weren’t there! To raise animals is to be efficient, and also share your love of your animals to the public 😉

Come see Dakota and her babies, Brennan and Dale, at this 4-H fundraiser nativity scene!
12/19/2021

Come see Dakota and her babies, Brennan and Dale, at this 4-H fundraiser nativity scene!

Family photo with Dakota’s mini-me’s, Brennan (left) and Dale (right). These boys will be available for sale in January....
12/18/2021

Family photo with Dakota’s mini-me’s, Brennan (left) and Dale (right). These boys will be available for sale in January. They come fully vaccinated, dewormed and banded (if you want wethers). They’re so overly friendly like a typical Finn. I so wish I could keep all my babies but such is ranching and raising animals, they can’t all stay.
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Here’s Flossy! Flossy is Millie’s fall lamb and her color is to die for 😍 I’m pretty sure she’s going to dilute to fawn ...
12/16/2021

Here’s Flossy! Flossy is Millie’s fall lamb and her color is to die for 😍 I’m pretty sure she’s going to dilute to fawn but only time will tell! Flossy will be staying as a replacement ewe for her coloring and confirmation.
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12/14/2021

They WOULD tip over with out the farmers and ranchers having a sheep shearer come out! My biggest fear in the shearing trade is that there will be one day when there’s not enough shearers. Currently, I present sheep shearing at two schools and even though it’s for educational purposes, it’s also in the hopes that someone will appreciate it enough to pursue it. I love my clients and I love my clients sheep and the only way to keep this love going is to one day find at least one special person that loves sheep as much, if not more than I do, to continue the harvest of unique American wools. The sheep need us.

It’s been a while since my last post. We had a bit of a postpartum health scare with Dakota. I hadn’t experienced her sy...
12/13/2021

It’s been a while since my last post. We had a bit of a postpartum health scare with Dakota. I hadn’t experienced her symptoms before and after lots of research, came to the conclusion that she was calcium deficient. I gave her a subq injection on both shoulders of calcium gluconate and after a few days she was back to normal! Thank goodness! She was having almost seizure like symptoms which initially led me to believe she had a terminal disease. It was hard watching my best ewe struggle.
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Even with schooling and continued education, I couldn’t pin down exactly what was wrong with her which can be extremely frustrating when you just want the best for your animals. Unfortunately, we can’t know it all and sharing our experiences is how others can learn. I was lucky that I wasn’t facing anything terminal and have learned for the future when I see these symptoms arise. The babies and Dakota are all doing well! Yet to be shared is Millie’s baby, Flossy. Stay tuned for pictures of her adorable baby!

Brennan and Dale introduced themselves on Monday! Dakota waited for my busiest day (worked 15 hours) to lamb. Granted, I...
11/10/2021

Brennan and Dale introduced themselves on Monday! Dakota waited for my busiest day (worked 15 hours) to lamb. Granted, I’ve never been a mom and Dakota has so she probably knows more than I do about what she’s doing. She’s the easiest ewe I have. She takes care of her kids and she’s protective without being aggressive. She lets me handle her babies and doesn’t mind me being around. Now I have to start thinking about these two ram lambs’ future. I’m up in the air about where/how I want to sell them or if I want to give them the snip snip ✂️. Only time will tell when they get more filled out and I can get a better idea of their confirmation and breeding value.
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5 club ewes and 1 club ram shorn this morning! Today was just one of those days where nothing seems to go right, but the...
11/04/2021

5 club ewes and 1 club ram shorn this morning! Today was just one of those days where nothing seems to go right, but these big girls (and boy) really helped me out by making today a little bit easier. They were easy to work with, easy to flip despite their size, and just overall easy. They don’t know it, but I appreciate them for it.
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Jellybean received her biannual wool cut today! This girl can grow some wool! She’s a Finn/Cheviot cross and you can see...
10/19/2021

Jellybean received her biannual wool cut today! This girl can grow some wool! She’s a Finn/Cheviot cross and you can see she carries the Cheviot genetics well across the body and the Finn genetics well through the wool. Jelly is usually running for the hills after she gets done but today she stuck around for a few pictures 😌
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Happy to welcome Blanche to my flock! She’s a purebred Finn and is the sweetest little thing! Super excited to see what ...
10/03/2021

Happy to welcome Blanche to my flock! She’s a purebred Finn and is the sweetest little thing! Super excited to see what she brings to my flock as Milly and Dakota are confirmed pregnant so there’s a lot of changes happening! #finnsheep #finnsheepofinstagram #sheepofinstagram #finnishlandrace #finnsheepwool #sheepofinstagram

Purebred Finn sheep available and open for discussion. Flock dispersion, mature sheep are available and ready for breedi...
09/26/2021

Purebred Finn sheep available and open for discussion. Flock dispersion, mature sheep are available and ready for breeding. Message me if you’re interested. Lots of color options, if you want to increase your prolificacy, these are the sheep for you. All very friendly and would make great pets as well.
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Two gals shorn today for fall shearing 😌 hooves trimmed and they’re ready for the cooler months. ---#finnsheep #finnishl...
09/19/2021

Two gals shorn today for fall shearing 😌 hooves trimmed and they’re ready for the cooler months.
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A little head and crutch out action this morning on a babydoll named Bab (I think?). Baby dolls make for adorable lawn o...
09/17/2021

A little head and crutch out action this morning on a babydoll named Bab (I think?). Baby dolls make for adorable lawn ornaments, however, care for them can be ✨extra✨. Cute, and high maintenance much like most cute animals. Baby dolls can get fat on air and because of that, they build up fat on their tail heads, pushing down on the v***a creating a huge mess in ewes whenever they go to the bathroom. What’s to be done about this? Well, just like this client did, frequent crutch outs will help to limit fly strike and infections. Keeping the area wool free will keep it nice and dry. Even limiting feed in baby dolls may not help with fat build up, but maintaining the fat build up will keep you and your sheep much happier!
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Included in this post is THE NICEST pig I ever met! The best part is, his name is Roland Schitt, like the schitts creek show 😂 I’m in love!

Four lambs and two Icelandic’s shorn this morning for the sale on Monday💪🏼 a nice way to wake up on this dark and stormy...
09/09/2021

Four lambs and two Icelandic’s shorn this morning for the sale on Monday💪🏼 a nice way to wake up on this dark and stormy morning.
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Dakota is wondering if it’s morning already.  #sleepygirl
09/07/2021

Dakota is wondering if it’s morning already. #sleepygirl

The joys of pasture rotation, fresh grass always 😍 #finnsheep #finnishlandrace #finnsheepwool #sheepofinstagram #finnshe...
09/04/2021

The joys of pasture rotation, fresh grass always 😍 #finnsheep #finnishlandrace #finnsheepwool #sheepofinstagram #finnsheepofinstagram #shepherdess

Shearing my own flock this weekend. Everyone’s at staple length and VERY itchy. Staple length is considered 3 inches. A ...
08/20/2021

Shearing my own flock this weekend. Everyone’s at staple length and VERY itchy. Staple length is considered 3 inches. A simple way of measurement is to use your pointer finger to measure the wool length. My flock is reaching over my pointer finger length, so I’m going to do them the service of getting that itchy stuff off. Not everyone shears fall and spring, it’s really up to the producer to understand their sheep. For example, I wouldn’t shear my sheep if I knew they couldn’t grow back at least one inch of wool before the cooler weather rolls in. However, shearing biannually does keep your fleeces cleaner. Especially with Finn sheep, the last thing I want is for more of their wool to felt. To relieve myself of this, I choose biannual shearing for my flock.
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Lambs sorted off their ewes and loaded to be brought to a drop off point for direct sale. Although I don’t consider myse...
08/08/2021

Lambs sorted off their ewes and loaded to be brought to a drop off point for direct sale. Although I don’t consider myself a livestock consigner, I do try to help my clients out in other ways, besides shearing. Sorting off lambs from ewes can be frustrating, tiring and long. If you remind yourself that you’re working with a flight animal and consider their thought process, things can go a little easier. In total, between me and a friend that I was lucky to have, we gathered, sorted and loaded these lambs in a quick 40 minutes! Minimal stress was put on the lambs, the only work they had to do was find the opening I was pushing them towards. Moral to the story, work smarter, not harder!

A morning of free grazing while I moved the temp fencing to prep for this upcoming heat 🥵 I trust my sheep, for the most...
08/05/2021

A morning of free grazing while I moved the temp fencing to prep for this upcoming heat 🥵
I trust my sheep, for the most part, to free graze while I’m out and about. Milly came running to me while I was playing with one of my dogs and waited for her pets while everyone else carried on with eating. My sheep all have their own personalities but my strongest bond is with Milly. She will always come to me over fresh grass and is ALWAYS looking for me. To be honest, I love the love she has for me 🥰
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Will you go to drumore for one sheep at one barn and one sheep at another?
Last month, Jill from JRF Shearing and Hauling, came out to Coverdale Farm Preserve to get our flock ready for warmer weather by giving our sheep their annual shearing. Check out this short video of our sheep getting their summer cuts.
Great with the sheep and quick! Thanks Jill!
Bring on the warmer weather! Our Coverdale sheep got their summer cuts Wednesday. It took 3 hours of shearing and 2 tractor loads to remove all the fleece but we are officially ready for summer! Thanks to Jill at JRF Shearing and Hauling for giving our sheep their summer cuts. Stop by Coverdale Farm Wednesdays, 11am-6pm or Saturdays, 9am-2pm to see their new look! #farmlife #delnature
What a wonderful experience for our students to have the AGCS Micro Farm here at the school. 4th-12th Grade students recently had the opportunity to visit the back pasture for the annual sheep shearing and fiber arts demonstration. Jill Federoff from JRF Shearing and Hauling sheared the wool fleece from 10 of the AGCS Micro Farm's Shetland Sheep. Afterwards, students watched a demonstration led by the High School Fiber Arts students where raw wool fleece was spun into wool roving, yarn, and art projects!
Jill just left after taking care of my angora goat. Not 1 nick of the skin, and her fleece was sheared in almost 1 piece! I will be able to save almost all of it to be spun. Jill was sweet to my goat, and was quick and gentle. So very happy, we've already set up an appointment for September!!!!