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  • Joined Mar 2012
  • South Wales
Shearing before slaughter
« on: April 16, 2013, 04:37:05 pm »
Anyone know if slaughterhouses are funny about you sending in newly shorn sheep for slaughter?
It's just that I have a couple of hogs who will go off soon, but they have a nice fleece on them and we will be shearing in May so I was thinking about waiting and sending them after shearing....


  • Joined Apr 2011
  • lymington hampshire
Re: Shearing before slaughter
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2013, 04:47:04 pm »
I don't think they would care to be honest, as long as there were no cuts or splits on them. We always shear out the bottoms of anything that goes. The only thing they may not like is that newly shorn sheep can be a bit slippy to handle


  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: Shearing before slaughter
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2013, 04:56:47 pm »
I'm sure I'm right in thinking a lot of commercial farmers shear their stores and keep them inside on ad lib cake then they are sent off to slaughter... I would check with your slaughterhouse first :)

Hazelwood Flock

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Dorset.
Re: Shearing before slaughter
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2013, 09:18:42 pm »
Having longwools the abattoir I use prefers them shorn or at the very least belly clipped!
Not every day is baaaaaad!
Pedigree Greyface Dartmoor sheep.


  • Joined Feb 2012
  • South Lincolnshire
Re: Shearing before slaughter
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2013, 09:54:50 pm »
Make the most of them. I would. Makes their lives of more value and hopefully adds to your profits. Market fleece to your local spinning guild if you don't use it yourself.


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