My favorite part about meeting the sheep was how the gauchos really didn't expect me to stay in the pen with them while they wrangled the rams around. They figured, I guess, that I should be more worried about getting possibly headbutted, and that I would probably stand on the other side of the fence. But everyone else was in the pen, and I needed to see things up close, too. So when one of the rams tried to stare me down, I didn't even flinch. I'd like to imagine this was impressive, but more than likely everyone missed it.
The rams are far more interesting than the ewes, though they still pile in the furthest corner like frightened children and push so close to each other that they might risk suffocation. I guess there's no such thing as a claustrophobic sheep. The gauchos would grab the rams by the horns and pull them forward away from the herd, a stubborn, difficult task. Then, someone would rifle through their fleece and show me the best sections of the micron. Micron samples are taken like core samples - a circular disc of fiber is removed from the center of the fleece (don't worry, it doesn't even touch the animal), and used to count the microns, or waves that designate fine-ness, in the fibers. On average, the micron count near the shoulder of the sheep is lower, and the fleece near the tail and on the belly is higher. Lower is good. Very good. This farm has won a lot of awards, so the fleeces were beautifully white, in most cases, and the micron counts low. We saw one ram that was around 14, and he was already a year old. You don't usually see something like that after the first fleecing.