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