Watch sheep shearing
The Ambury flock of sheep are lining up for one of their twice-yearly trims and you’re welcome to watch.
Shearing of Ambury Regional Park’s 600-plus sheep will take place on Saturday.
Work starts about 7am and goes in two-hour runs, with half-hour breaks for morning and afternoon tea, and an hour for lunch.
The team of professional shearers, a rousie and presser, will be assisted by park staff, and work is likely to finish around 4.30pm.
Ambury Regional Park is on the shores of the Manukau Harbour at Mangere. It is a working farm that hosts thousands of school children each year for farm-based environmental education programmes.
‘‘Shearing is an important part of life down on the farm and, at Ambury, sheep are shorn twice a year,’’ ranger Garry Hewson says.
‘‘The May shearing happens just before lambing, to encourage the sheep to find a sheltered spot to have their lambs, giving them a greater chance of survival on a stormy night.’’
Shearers can shear between 20 and 40 sheep an hour depending on their level of experience and wool is sorted and pressed by the wool handlers.
If the lead-up to shearing day is too wet, work will be postponed. Phone Auckland Council on 301 0101 to check.