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Re: "Unseasonal" shearing / fleeces / spinning / welfare
« Reply #30 on: December 02, 2012, 09:19:29 am »
thanks Fleecewife its good to know I am begining to "see" my sheep . SITN it wouldn't surprise me about living off fat in the tail, fat tailed sheep seem to have taken this to the extreme but i see this even sometimes with some breeds of dog that fat is deposited in different areas, intriguing.

No worries about picking them up tho' most go under one arm  ;D
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Re: "Unseasonal" shearing / fleeces / spinning / welfare
« Reply #31 on: December 02, 2012, 12:18:05 pm »
Somebody (may have been you, FW!  :D ) told me that a Swaledale can live for a fortnight on the fat in her tail - one reason they don't dock Swales  :thinking:

Wusnae me  :o  but very interesting  :wave:
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Re: "Unseasonal" shearing / fleeces / spinning / welfare
« Reply #32 on: December 04, 2012, 03:52:41 am »
This article on the subject appeared in the latest Gwlad to drop through our door:


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Re: "Unseasonal" shearing / fleeces / spinning / welfare
« Reply #33 on: December 04, 2012, 04:41:40 am »
That's fascinating, Fronhaul - thanks for posting that.

It implies that the ewes are shorn just once a year, in December - so they'd be carrying quite a bit of wool come the summer.  It makes no mention of increased risk of flystrike in the summer however. 

I wonder how the ewe's natural cycle of wool growth, rise and shedding is affected?  I assume that, with only shearing once a year, the fleece is ready to be clipped come December...   :thinking:
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