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  • Joined Jan 2010
sheep shearing
« on: June 06, 2012, 03:20:20 pm »
hi looking for someone to shear 6 shetland sheep in Aberdeen


  • Joined Dec 2009
Re: sheep shearing
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2012, 10:39:13 pm »
pure shetlands should self shear? we have a few and only have to clip a small amount off with hand shears as most of them fully self shear just a couple only do half a job lol


  • Joined Aug 2009
Re: sheep shearing
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2012, 07:24:51 am »
My five will roo their fleece one year but not the next, this year they have, last year they didn't. I don't know why, something to do with temperatures? :-\  The downside is you have to spend a lot of every day coaxing their fleece off or going around the fields picking it up.


  • Joined Aug 2010
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: sheep shearing
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2012, 10:17:04 am »
My Shetlands mostly dont self shear, a couple do, and it does vary by year.
You could PM Dougal on here, he 'might' come over your way if sufficiently bribed....


  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: sheep shearing
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2012, 01:29:22 pm »
With only 6 to do - get yourself a pair of double-bowed clippers, tie them up in a head harness into a corner of two hurdles, and off you go! In shetlands you should see the break between old and new growth quite easily, so just shear in there!. Also you can hand-roo them, if not all in one go, but just what comes off easily.
It is really not worth for a shearer to come out and set up for 6 sheep, especially now that they are getting busy.
Or get them to a neighbours farm when they do theirs.


  • Joined Feb 2012
  • South Aberdeenshire
Re: sheep shearing
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2012, 03:23:08 pm »
Get yourself onto one of the wool board's shearing courses and do it yourself! Even if you aren't perfect afterwards, the courses tend to be good fun... And you might find somebody in your area who'd help you with the shearing.

Sorry - for whatever reason it won't let me copy and paste - just google it... ::)


  • Joined Dec 2010
  • Talley, Carmarthenshire
Re: sheep shearing
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2012, 03:24:51 pm »
I bought a DVD from the WMB on how to shear sheep.  I haven't looked at it as I don't have any sheep yet but would definitely like to give it a try myself.
Life is like a bowl of cherries, mostly yummy but some dodgy bits


  • Joined Jan 2010
Re: sheep shearing
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2012, 10:25:05 pm »
Thanks everybody!  I'm going to try and do it my self.   ;D   


  • Joined Jul 2011
  • Port O' Menteith, Stirlingshire
Re: sheep shearing
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2012, 11:49:35 am »
I shear for a living and live not too far from Aberdeen. If you are struggling to shear them yourself then PM me and I'll happily see if I can get to you some evening. 5 will take me about 20 minutes to shear. I'd need something for my time and fuel but I'll not rip you off.
Cheers Mark
It's always worse for someone else, so get your moaning done before they start using up all the available symathy!


  • Joined Dec 2010
  • Fife
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Re: sheep shearing
« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2012, 11:22:42 am »
Do you ever come down to Fife, Dougal? I have 10 scruffy Hebrideans needing shorn. I bought hand shears, but am too frightened to use them, they're so sharp!  :)


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  • Joined Sep 2008
  • Aberdour,Fife
Re: sheep shearing
« Reply #10 on: June 16, 2012, 01:55:11 pm »
If your looking in Fife, the guy who shears my sheep is just up the road from me and may be able to help.. PM me if you would like his number.


  • Joined Dec 2010
  • Fife
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Re: sheep shearing
« Reply #11 on: June 18, 2012, 01:39:04 pm »
Thanks, will do!  :)


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