Watch sheep shear­ing

Central Leader - - NEWS -

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.

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