Shear magic as young farm­ers test their skills

Argyllshire Advertiser - - FARMING -

Sheep shear­ers from North Ar­gyll Young Farm­ers’ Club went head to head to ‘clip’ sec­onds off the stop­watch at the week­end.

Judges kept a close eye as en­trants at Saul­more Farm near Con­nel on Friday bat­tled it out against the timer to shear the farm’s ewe hoggs.

En­trants in­cluded the club’s trea­surer Cal­lum Leitch, Beth Men­zies, Ful­ton Ron­ald, Robert McKel­lar, Alec MacPher­son and Al­lan MacFadyen.

The judges were Andy Rankin, Gor­don Ste­wart and Don­ald Macken­zie.

Last year’s shear­ing con­test had to be can­celled due to bad weather but the 2018 event went ahead in soar­ing tem­per­a­tures.

Af­ter the elec­tronic clip­pers were used, an­other sec­tion fol­lowed us­ing tra­di­tional hand shears.

Judge Andy Rankin said: ‘It’s great that the young farm­ers are or­gan­is­ing this com­pe­ti­tion. It’s so im­por­tant that these skills are kept alive.’

It can take an ex­pe­ri­enced hand just over one minute to shear a sheep.

Robert McKel­lar and Ful­ton Ron­ald shear against the stop­watch un­der the watch­ful eyes of the judges.

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