Learn­ing the art of shear­ing

Country Smallholding - - Donald’s diary -

As my sheep numbers have in­creased over the past five years, so has my shear­ing bill. I thought it was time to pull my fin­ger out and learn how to shear. I have been able to use hand shears since an early age, but it is not re­ally fea­si­ble to try and shear 300 an­i­mals by hand power alone, so I hosted a Bri­tish Wool Mar­ket­ing Board shear­ing course, at­tended by a cou­ple of my friends, too. The beauty of host­ing the course was that I got most of my hoggs shorn as part of it. I started off a bit slug­gish on day one, but things just clicked for me after lunch on the sec­ond day and I have gone on to shear most of the rest of my flock my­self. But my good­ness, I never ap­pre­ci­ated how hard it is on the ham­strings.

Two of my friends and I at­tended a Bri­tish Wool Mar­ket­ing Board shear­ing course ear­lier in the sum­mer

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