Sheep shearing ……. at last!

My New Zealand bucket list was topped by seeing a sheep being shorn.

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Shearing usually happens once a year in the spring. Shearing gangs (sinister sounding, eh?) go from farm to farm and shear hundreds of woolies per day. But here at The Point sheep shearing show, only two sheep ‘step out of their sweaters’ per day. What fun to watch!

Ram Man was only for showing off his horns and letting the audience feed him.

Ram Man was only for showing off his horns and letting the audience feed him.

This is a Drysdale sheep. Drysdales are lucky because they are raised mostly for wool. Their coats grow quickly so they get sheared twice a year. Watch!

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It's cold in here. Hand me a sweater, please.

It’s cold in here. Hand me a sweater, please.

The shearers then throw the wool on the wool table, remove debris and short pieces, class the wool and then stuff it into the balers.

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From today’s Press: A large offering of lambs wool and autumn shorn wool attracted good competition at the Christchurch wool sale yesterday.

I hear they have you signed up for the 4:00 show, Bud!

I hear they have you signed up for the 4:00 show, Bud!

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