Carroll County Farm Day showcases livestock, farming
Carroll County 4-H Club member Alex Dembinski of Bartlett holds his family's three-month old goat during an exhibit at Carroll County Farm Day. (Larissa Mulkern/Union Leader Correspondent)
L-R: Katherine Ricci, 11, of the Carroll County 4-H Club, and her sister, Buddha, 3, make a birdhouse during Carroll County Farm Day on Saturday, July 28. (Larissa Mulkern/Union Leader Correspondent)
Peter Hagerty (right) of Peace Fleece offers Eljay Sellinger-Blatt, 5, of Wolfeboro, a bundle of newly sheared wool during a shearing demonstration at the Carroll County Farm Day event on Saturday, July 28. The 14-year-old sheep sat patiently during the shearing. (Larissa Mulkern/Union Leader Correspondent)
OSSIPEE — Dozens of observers stood and watched as Peter Hagerty simultaneously sheared a 14-year-old female sheep while spinning yarns about his experiences with sheep farmers in political trouble spots around the world.
Hagerty, of the Porter, Maine-based Peace Fleece, carefully cut the sheep's thick layer of fleece from its body in almost one, continuous sheet.
During the demonstration, Hagerty talked about his experiences with Israeli and Palestinian sheep farmers, as well as farmers in the former Soviet Union in the mid-1980s, and his most recent work on Navajo reservations in the Southwest. “Sheep shearing brings us together,” he said.
Sheep shearing was only one of the highlights of the third annual Carroll County Farm Day sponsored by the Carroll County Farm, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension and the New Hampshire Farm Bureau of Carroll County.
At the opposite end of the farm complex, Lana Nickerson and Dick Dole of Foss Mountain Farm Alpacas brought along two of the animals, named “Star Man” and “Guns and Roses.”
Nickerson said the farm raises more than 30 Alpacas, animals with very soft coats that are sheered and spun into yarns to make everything from mittens to toys. Her display included packaged yarn for sale — all labeled with a photograph of the Alpaca from which the yarn was sheared.
After a few minutes with the Alpacas, Sophia Lawson, 11, and Kloey Peterson, 12, both Carroll County 4-H Club members, ventured over to a booth with angora rabbits.
“I really like rabbits, horses and goats,” said Peterson, who brought her own rabbits to the event.
About 20 exhibiters turned out for Saturday's event, including farmers and beekeepers.
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