Thank Goodness He Wore Deodorant Today!! - Sheep Shearing - Southland New Zealand

AndreaEL

Gore, New Zealand

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The Sheep Shearer – Southland New Zealand
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Sheep shearing, shearing or clipping is the process by which the woollen fleece of a sheep is cut off. The person who removes the sheep’s wool is called a shearer. Typically each adult sheep is shorn once each year (a sheep may be said to have been “shorn” or “sheared”, depending upon dialect). The annual shearing most often occurs in a shearing shed, a facility especially designed to process often hundreds and sometimes more than 3,000 sheep per day. Sheep-shearing was an annual June event in medieval England, culminating in the sheep-shearing feast. In Australia, up until the 1870s, squatters washed their sheep in nearby creeks prior to shearing. Australia and New Zealand had to discard the old methods of wool harvesting and evolve more efficient systems to cope with the huge numbers of sheep involved. After 1888 machine shearing was introduced, reducing second cuts and shearing time. By 1915 most large sheep station sheds in Australia had installed machines, driven by steam or later by internal combustion engines. Shearing tables were invented in the 1950s and have not proved popular, although some are still used for crutching. Sheep shearing and wool handling competitions are held regularly in parts of the world, particularly Ireland, the UK, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. In our small village a number of farmers have a few sheep to keep the grass short. The sharing is done by a contractor who works alone. I was fortunate to witness sheep being shorn for the first time, a fascinating process and one that requires extreme fitness to handle the large sheep single single-handedly.. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Southland New Zealand
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