Shearing 2022


Livestock Farmer
Eldest daughter had another go at blade shearing (as well as machine shearing) at N Somerset show😊

irish dom

I always laugh when my brother comes in the shed an says " you should try trimming cattles feet all day"
I just laugh an hand him the handpiece. He's still not clipped one yet, including his own sheep!
My brother is a hoof trimmer and sheared with me for the last 10 years. Gave it up this year and says even the thought of it makes his back twinge. The result is very busy season ahead for me on my own. Big tallies are needed!

Nithsdale Farmer

Livestock Farmer
Tups were done on Monday

60 sucking hoggs (and the odd older/poorer ewe destined for cull after weaning) done today.

Good going, actually better than I expected - even the poor old girls. 1 I thought would be hell to do, but even she shore fine once I was into it. I'm doing 90 for a neighbour on Friday... then my 130 dry hoggs and 160 of nlthe neighbours ewes at grass parks next week


How's the clipping progressing?

Moving on down here, did my commercials last week which went really well. Still some sticky ones not ready yet but on the whole going ok- hopefully be wrapped up in a couple of weeks as thoughts turn to hay and haylage weather permitting..

These were the last little lot from yesterday, a small mixed bag of breeds, done in a stable while it persisted down outside.

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Livestock Farmer
Done the easy ones first, 8 tups and teasers. Beautiful fleeces that came off easily with no fighting from them. Started on a few mules, they were open on their backs but tight and greasy down their sides and legs so gave up on them. Caught a few hoggets and did them (just to see how big they were under all that wool)...they sheared lovely...mules and welshies...plump too.

Nithsdale Farmer

Livestock Farmer
Doing 160 ewes tomorrow, then 130 dry hoggs on Wednesday

Hoggs will be fine, they're mine - some are bare belly 😍 and a few are peeling on the neck... some are wool everywhere though to even it up

Hoping the ewes are decent shearing, they're scotch mules (neighbours) running a large area on decent upland grass - but they'll be BIG (always are) 😖

irish dom

Been at them steady the last month and on the whole sheep are nowhere near ready anywhere. Even dry hoggs are about 3 weeks behind where they should be. I would say less feed and fert being used and the ewes are taking a battering

Nithsdale Farmer

Livestock Farmer
130 Hoggs done today. Most were good shearing, some would have been better with another couple days of real heat - but none were too dry/sticky...

The open necks and clear bellies were a bit too few and far between at times 🙄
Most were a nice size, nothing too big but the whole lot had a will to wriggle - typical hoggs, but my ones usually sit pretty well. Don't think they appreciated being in a shed with no water last night

Neighbours son who is just learning to shear I'm half teaching/watching over - I'd guess doing 10-12 per hour, his dad who isn't a great shearer (in very good sheep I can do 2-2.5 ewes to his 1, but I wasn't at that pace today) and me... wish I had my tally counter so I knew how many I was doing myself, but between the 3 of us we were doing around 60 an hour.

290 done last 2 days. Not sure if I'll get many more this week, it's wet today and forecast for tomorrow and Friday isn't looking good

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...