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TITLE
Sheep Shearing
EXTERNAL ID
PC_MORRISON_3
PLACENAME
unidentified
DATE OF IMAGE
July 1967
PERIOD
1960s
SOURCE
Willie Morrison
ASSET ID
29287
KEYWORDS
shearing
sheep
fleeces
wool
farming
agriculture
livestock
Sheep Shearing

Sheep are first shorn when they are 16 months old and then they are shorn once a year after that in the Springtime. Good wool must be at least 9cm long although the shorn fleece would be 1cm shorter. The wool should be sheared close the skin and a shorn fleece should remain in one piece.

Before mechanised farming sheep were sheared with hand shears, which are like large scissors. Nowadays most sheep are sheared with electric clippers.

In New Zealand, Alan MacDonald and Keith Wilson machine sheared 2,220 sheep in 24 hours

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Sheep Shearing

1960s

shearing; sheep; fleeces; wool; farming; agriculture; livestock

Willie Morrison

Willie Morrison Archive

Sheep are first shorn when they are 16 months old and then they are shorn once a year after that in the Springtime. Good wool must be at least 9cm long although the shorn fleece would be 1cm shorter. The wool should be sheared close the skin and a shorn fleece should remain in one piece.<br /> <br /> Before mechanised farming sheep were sheared with hand shears, which are like large scissors. Nowadays most sheep are sheared with electric clippers.<br /> <br /> In New Zealand, Alan MacDonald and Keith Wilson machine sheared 2,220 sheep in 24 hours