Posted by: 347bennetrd | September 1, 2010

Hogget Shearing

Last week after scanning our hoggets, we went directly into shearing them the next day.  Now after our main shear in mid-July I didn’t have many photos about what goes on in the shearing shed, so I thought I get some photos this time…

So the night before, we fill up the catching pens so that the shearers can get straight into it at 7am.

There are 5 stands where the shearers can set up and then get stuck in.  There are about 4-5 rousies that gather the wool as its shorn, class and sort it.  To the left, you can see the the fleece being thrown onto the table and on the right it is being sorted.

There is a presser who fills the woolpress and makes the bales.  He also keeps the catching pens full so that the shearers don’t need to stop. On the left is the wool press and the bins with different sorts of wool to bale, and on the right at the bales ready to be picked up.  Each bale weighs about 190-200kg.

And finally, here are the shearers hard at it.  They go into the catching pen, drag out a sheep, shear it and then send it sliding down the chute to end up outside minus their  woolly coat…

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