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Annual Sheep Shearing Day Open House

  • Sheep Shearing Open House 460 W River Road Schuylerville, NY 12871 (map)

The Foster Sheep Farm would like to welcome you and your family to our sheep shearing open house. This yearly event is a cherished tradition here on the farm. As the winter days roll in, the sheep are moved into the barn in preparation of the lambing season. Each year before the lambs are born, every ewe is given their annual “haircut”. For the health and well-being of the ewes and their lambs shearing is an important step. Mid February will bring happy lambs to the Foster Farm. 
Friends gather to help with the event and witness the unveiling of a year’s growth. This year approximately 60 sheep will be shorn. Gwen Hinman from Acworth, New Hampshire will be joining us once again as our shearer. An amazing talent to watch, Gwen makes shearing look easy. She is a second generation shearer, having shorn sheep from here to New Zealand. After the fleece is removed it will be sorted and graded by its value to hand spinners. 

At the farm, in the old farmhouse you will find “The Yarn Shop at Foster Sheep Farm”. The shop will be open from 10am till 4pm. On this day local knitters, spinners, and weavers will be on hand to demonstrate their crafts and answer your questions. The shop carries a selection of wool from area farmers and commercial lines as well. Also many knitters’ notions, spinning wheels and rigid heddle looms are available. 
Come enjoy this wonderful day on the farm!