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Old 02-03-2006, 03:11 PM   #1
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Sheep Shearing Demo Video - So cool!
Hi everyone. I found this video online and thought it was so wonderful! It was the first time I've ever seen a sheep sheared, and I'm not sure I could wrestle a mildly pissed off sheep and give it a haircut.

http://www.markhamfair.ca/video_clip...p_shearing.htm

I live near Napa, CA, and I was travelling through wine country to visit a friend. There were lots of wooly sheep along the way, looking oh-so-cute. A few days later, I drove by again, and all the sheep were naked! I guess it was shearing time.

Of course, NOW when I look at a sheep, I merely envision potential projects!

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Old 02-03-2006, 04:11 PM   #2
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Our neighbor up the road has sheep, and one day when driving by my oldest son said "MOM! The sheep are all PINK!" right after they had been sheared.

I wonder where they sell the fleece to. Hmmm.... :thinking:
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Old 02-03-2006, 06:40 PM   #3
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I got to see sheep and goats being sheared last year at Goat Hill Farm in Napa and took lots of pics. I was completely enthralled and I think everyone was amused I was taking so many pics. I missed the alpaca getting their haircuts though, darn it. The farm owners moved to Oregon - I'm going to miss them! Fortunately I bought some fleece to remember them by.

Alison - I highly recommend seeking out a shearing event this spring. Here are some No Cal links:
http://www.westvalleyalpacas.com/index.html (check out their links page for more)

http://www.meridianjacobs.com/

http://www.lambtown.com/index.html

Thanks for sharing the video link!
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Old 02-03-2006, 06:48 PM   #4
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That guy sheered that sheep FAST!!!

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my sil watched them do it in New Zealand and took lots of pics for me! It was pretty cool but more physical than I expected! (I guess I thought the sheep just stood there as if getting their bangs trimmed or something! _
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Speaking as a woman (though not a sheep), I would NOT let someone shave MY head without going down with a fight!



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One of my favorite books is "Farmer Brown Shears His Sheep" by Teri Sloat. He shears his sheep and they want their wool back ...they follow him to Mr. Green who cards and cleans , Mr. ? who spins it into yarn, Mrs. Muller who gives it color .. the sheep then take the yarn and get all tangled up .. Farmer Brown realizes they are cold ... so he rushes home and KNITS them all sweaters ... NOW ... they look forward to shearing time so they can wear their sweaters.

It is written in rhyme ... and I even "make" the 5th graders listen to me read it during their library time

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/078...Fencoding=UTF8[url]
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What a cool video! Now I just need to see one of what happens to the wool after that (i.e. being carded and spun).

Originally Posted by Cristy
my sil watched them do it in New Zealand and took lots of pics for me! It was pretty cool but more physical than I expected! (I guess I thought the sheep just stood there as if getting their bangs trimmed or something! _
Do you mean that they were mean to the sheep?
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no, they weren't mean to it..it's just that they had to struggle with it sometimes to keep it still. Kind of like taking a 3 year old to get a haircut...
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