This is the "bellies" - gets shorn first, and doesn't go in with the rest of the fleece
Ewes are lined up in the chute. The doors, on a spring, are pulled down, and the ewe is wrangled out of the chute to the shearing station. The shearers keep the ewes "corralled" and turned while they are shearing.
And so it goes!
In the sling
The shearers are suspended in a sling so they can more easily maneuver.
Just about done!
Fleece to the packer
It's not really all in one piece...sometimes the ends and pieces get away.
All done! Free to go!
The ewes take somewhere between 1/2 and 20 seconds to collect their wits, and they are outta there!
Waiting for the signal!
Then up comes the gate, and in come the sheep (some more readily than others!)
Butchie is a would-be sheep dog. His performance varies, but he's all enthusiasm!
Not all its made out to be
Getting wrangled and rolled around is not always fun.
It all happens fast!
It's not like a beauty-parlor hair-styling, but the shearers are fast!
Down, around, over, under
That's a lot of wool!
There's quite a bit of setup involved, with the shearing motors and arms, the slings, etc.
Baaa! Show us where to go!
Waiting to be let in with the others who are happily eating hay!
The nicks from the shearing heal quickly due to the high amount of lanolin present!