Pentland, our other ram, watched with interest once he was done with his hay, and after awhile he stepped up to volunteer for a turn, too. So, I started on Pentland. Then Pepper got jealous. It was very obvious HE did NOT want to share "the rooing spa" with Pentland. Looks like I'll need to separate them when I roo them. I would start on Pepper again, and Pentland would step up next to us as if to say "Ahem, he's getting much longer turns than I am, be fair about this." So, I have a big produce bag full of Pepper's wool, and just a bit of Pentland's so far.
When the sheep are ready to be rooed, one can see the "roo line" if you part their wool--the old wool that needs to be pulled off is lighter colored than the dark new wool, and there is usually a line of lanolin separating the old from the darker new wool at the natural break caused by hormones in the spring when the new wool starts growing in. A sheep's neck is usually "ready" first, then other parts of the body become ready to roo later. Rooed wool is cleaner and softer than sheared wool--it is really lovely, and I try to roo as much as possible on the sheep that like it.
Now I just need to find a safe, inexpensive way to get the sheep up higher so I don't kill my back bending over them as I roo. (Pepper and Pentland did NOT want to let me straighten up and rest much.) I am sure it feels very good to them when I help the shedding process along in this warm weather. Neck wool is the finest wool on a sheep, and it will be used to make special, extra soft, "next to skin" items like baby clothes and scarves. Hopefully one of them will let me stop
rooing long enough to take a picture at our next "rooing spa" session!