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Pixie

  • Joined Jan 2013
Sheep shearing
« on: May 29, 2013, 09:59:47 pm »
So i was wondering how easy it is to shear sheep myself with hand shears?The thing is i only have three so it doesn't really matter if it takes me a while!I was given a number for a local shearer who only deals with small flocks who when i rang went straight to answerphone and now i appear to have lost the number completely ( i am an unorganized nightmare) so it's made me think more about doing it myself especially as they are quite tame. :sheep:

lachlanandmarcus

  • Joined Aug 2010
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Sheep shearing
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2013, 10:52:47 pm »
It is easy, and especially with just 3 to do. Stick the radio on, pick your least favourite as the first victim and have fun. Ok the first one might end up with cornrows as a hairstyle but that really doesn't matter, it's the welfare thing of getting the fleece off that matters. Just try not to (as I did) let the ewe go before you cut the last bit off, it's jolly hard to recapture them when the fleece is bouncing along behind them and they feel all Nordic and nude :-DD

peter c

  • Joined Apr 2013
Re: Sheep shearing
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2013, 11:40:49 pm »
where abouts are u
 

ScotsGirl

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • Wiltshire
Re: Sheep shearing
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2013, 11:52:02 pm »
As long as you go steady and slow its easy. Just remember not to pull the fleece with your free hand (or your helper) or you will cut the ewe. There is a clear line where the lanolin has risen and if you use that as the guide it will help. I find tying up or have someone hold the ewe and start from either end I roll the fleece up as I go.


I have cheated last year or two and used the singing shearer but manage to do a couple myself. I started hand shearing then bought shears.  I will be selling mine as too big for my hands. Lister Laser with interchangeable head as I used for horse as well.

Fowlman

  • Joined Apr 2012
  • Wiltshire
Re: Sheep shearing
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2013, 11:59:51 pm »
I hand shear my shetlands, only have a small flock so i take my time and find it quite enjoyable although painful as i have arthritis.
Tucked away on the downs in wiltshire.

bocky

  • Joined Mar 2013
  • Sheep Shearer
Re: Sheep shearing
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2013, 10:30:36 am »
I've never tried hand shearing, but I can shear them for you depending where you are.

FiB

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Bala, North Wales
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Re: Sheep shearing
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2013, 12:39:03 pm »
yes - as scots girl - I got singing shearer to show me last year and intend to just amble my way through them one by one this year (but may cop out if philip is in the area!) - did first last weekend (her fleece was starting to 'peel' off, it was so 'risen' - but others aren't ready yet.  It is hard work when you don't know what you're doing, but very satisfying.

Pixie

  • Joined Jan 2013
Re: Sheep shearing
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2013, 10:09:21 pm »
Hi thanks for the replys  :) i'm sorry it's taken me so long to get back in touch but life took over for a while!I'm glad that everyone feels it is a farely simple matter.I just have hand shears that you would use for dagging.I got in touch with our shearer who has asked me to take mine to be sheared with a friends when he gives her a date (although he said he hadn't yet started) it is alot of work to take them over there to be sheared and i am relying on te fact that the only person who drives the van will be able to be here for that date,i have got them in the shed at the mo aswell as i had lots of jobs to do on them so it might make sense to just do them before letting them loose.How do you tell that the lanolin has risen?I am on the pembrokeshire/carmarthenshire border.

lachlanandmarcus

  • Joined Aug 2010
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Sheep shearing
« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2013, 10:59:39 pm »
If the lanolin has risen you will see the old wool further out and then a little new clean sparkling wool next to the skin and in between a tide mark of yellow sticky oily stuff. That's the rise mark and if you cut to that, you won't go far wrong. As soon as its clear of the skin, get shearing! Don't leave it long after that, as the flies will start to cause fly strike.

plumseverywhere

  • Joined Apr 2013
  • Worcestershire
    • Its Baaath Time
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Re: Sheep shearing
« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2013, 03:14:30 pm »
If the lanolin has risen you will see the old wool further out and then a little new clean sparkling wool next to the skin and in between a tide mark of yellow sticky oily stuff. That's the rise mark and if you cut to that, you won't go far wrong. As soon as its clear of the skin, get shearing! Don't leave it long after that, as the flies will start to cause fly strike.
Silly question here...is it the lanolin that the flies are attracted to?  I painstakingly dagged my flocks bums and they were clean, came back from holiday and one of them has flystrike around his sides and back. Singing shearer is coming here this afternoon but I've obviously hand sheared this one and popped some maggot oil on until Philip has finished him off properly. I assumed the flies went for dirty wool mainly so was a bit disappointed that this one, clean as he is, has been hit.
Smallholding in Worcestershire, making goats milk soap for www.itsbaaathtime.com and mum to 4 girls,  goats, sheep, chickens, dog, cat and garden snails...

Poppy140-1

  • Joined May 2013
  • Staffordshire
Re: Sheep shearing
« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2013, 04:24:23 pm »
May I ask if anyone knows a shearer who would shear my 4 sheep in the Staffordshire area. I'm not brace enough to do it until I've watched someone!!! They are small ouessant sheep. Appreciate any recommendations

Dougal

  • Joined Jul 2011
  • Port O' Menteith, Stirlingshire
Re: Sheep shearing
« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2013, 04:56:50 pm »
If you are shearing your own, have fun. The one piece of advice that  can give is make sure your shears are sharp! It will be a long struggle with blunt kit.
 
It's always worse for someone else, so get your moaning done before they start using up all the available symathy!

plumseverywhere

  • Joined Apr 2013
  • Worcestershire
    • Its Baaath Time
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Re: Sheep shearing
« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2013, 04:59:39 pm »
Poppy - the Singing SHearer travels the UK and fits in small flocks. he's a member on here or google him. He's coming to my house in a bit, I'll perhaps remember to mention you to him to check out this thread and see if he's free. I can't rate him highly enough, he's brilliant.
Smallholding in Worcestershire, making goats milk soap for www.itsbaaathtime.com and mum to 4 girls,  goats, sheep, chickens, dog, cat and garden snails...

Poppy140-1

  • Joined May 2013
  • Staffordshire
Re: Sheep shearing
« Reply #13 on: June 06, 2013, 08:34:21 am »
Many thanks plums I had contacted him previously however is fully booked until July if I can't find anyone I may need to attempt myself they are pretty bare underneath looks as though its the fleece on top and legs - hope they're not vain because I don't know what their haircut will look like!! Lol

plumseverywhere

  • Joined Apr 2013
  • Worcestershire
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Re: Sheep shearing
« Reply #14 on: June 06, 2013, 11:08:51 am »
He's really busy right now, I think all the rain has pushed all his shearing back a month  :(   I half sheared one of mine with his flystrike, took a while but it wasn't too hard - good luck!
Smallholding in Worcestershire, making goats milk soap for www.itsbaaathtime.com and mum to 4 girls,  goats, sheep, chickens, dog, cat and garden snails...

 

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