“How long does it take to shear a sheep?” I asked. “If you’re good it only takes a few minutes,” she said. The fleece comes off quickly. There are even shearing competitions. She went on to say that she didn’t consider herself that good and she wasn’t actually shearing at the moment. “This is called fitting,” she said. It’s a trim to give the sheep’s wool a smooth and tidy look for the judges. Sheep fitting takes much longer than shearing. I asked if, by analogy, trimming is like careful hair-styling at a salon while shearing is like shaving a military recruit at boot camp. She agreed.
I enjoyed our conversation and took a photograph as she worked.
(State Fair in Puyallup, September 2017)