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As a sheep flips from its back to its front legs and scrambles out the small door of a trailer, it’s as much as 20 pounds lighter than when it entered a few minutes before.

A newly sheared sheep exits a shearing trailer Wednesday at the Krebs Sheep Company ranch near Ione.

A newly sheared sheep looks dazed after leaving the shearing trailer Wednesday at the Krebs Sheep Company ranch near Ione.

The sheep on the right is what sheep ranchers call “wool blind,” when wool growing over a sheep’s eyes impairs its vision.

Kip Krebs rolls a bale of wool onto a loader Wednesday at the Krebs Sheep Company ranch near Ione.

A member of a Uruguayan sheep shearing crew carries a fleece away from the shearing trailer for baling.

Cody Gowdry (foreground) and John Balderson, of Balderson Shearing, shear sheep Tuesday at the Krebs sheep ranch near Ione.

Niere Quispealaya, one of three Peruvian brothers working at the Krebs sheep ranch, watched sheep progressing through a long chute to the shea…