Discussion in 'Livestock & Forage' started by Cab-over Pete, Apr 29, 2019.

  1. Aye-up,

    I recently bought a rechargeable sheep clipper. Thought it might be good if ever we get a case of maggots.

    It’s been on the bench looking at me for a month and I thought maybe I could razz the wool of our 4 shearlings we are going to show in 6 weeks.

    I mean, how hard can it be? I was reasonably good at the job back along and it’s only been 29 years since I did a few :rolleyes::D

    Anyhow, only one tiny nick on a leg and a close shave near an eyelid and they don’t look too bad although I say it myself.

    BUT, they were as sticky as chewing gum. To be expected I suppose in the cool weather. And Hampshire Downs with grubby bellies were probably not the best sheep to try and get back in the saddle.

    So I was wondering how folks get on when winter shearing? Do they glide through? Or is it just the really woolly breeds that aren’t suitable for shearing in cool weather?

    Cheers, Pete
  2. gerr

    gerr Member

    Mid Wales
    They shear well in the winter, full of wool with no short cuts but easier enough. Used to shear a lot in January back in the day. In the spring the coat changes as the grease builds up and they get sticky. Then you have to leave them to their time or you struggle on and they look terrible.
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  3. Can I ask which clipper you have and do you think they're ok for cruching/dagging? Ta.
  4. We bought a Masterclip.

    I’ve no idea how it compares to others. We only run 60-70 sheep and I have never shorn any with it until today and I still plan using a contractor to do the others. I just wanted these done so they get a nice bit of growth before the show in six weeks.
  5. ARW

    ARW Member

    I got the battery clipper from George mudge, great for docking out or belly clipping, makes docking out easy! The only complaint is it’s abit numb with the battery but it’s better than shears
  6. Deutzdx3

    Deutzdx3 Member

    I decided to shear my alpacas last year! never sheared any thing in my life. Thought let’s give it a go. Very steep learning curve. First alpaca 45 mins. Last one 15-20 hats off to shearers. I would never want to do it as a job. It’s bloody graft.
  7. Tiz a bit early and cold .
    Hard work hacking away at them.. plus @Cab-over Pete they ain't gonna look so good with chunks took out of 'em :D:facepalm:

    Ah well, Just One of the things to do with showing or selling at early sales I guess.

    How about Get a keen young lad to do them for yer raised blood pressure...:unsure:
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  9. I'm one of those weirdos too :bag:

    Shearing is a great job, already looking forward to getting started in another month :wacky:
  10. We did a couple of thousand or so here at at start of April and @DanM did his Romney’s same sort of time.

    Some are harder than others and hats off to the shearers, but I’d never go back to summer clipping again!
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  11. Guiggs

    Guiggs Member

    Are you saying you sheared ewes in April?
    With lambs at foot?
    Or do you mean hoggs?
  12. Pre lamb shear.
  13. I’ve only done a few for the kids to show. They look smart now but only because, if I’m honest, we got them on a halter and tidied them up!!

    No cuts though, just a nick on one leg so I’m pleased.

    We will shear the main bunch next week too, I’ll get a contractor in. I like doing them early, can’t abide the maggot risk.
  14. Kidds

    Kidds Member

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  15. ARW

    ARW Member

    Now Pete, I don’t want to be a jerk, but I’m going to be a jerk!
    Two lads who work for us fencing are sheep shearers, they HATE it if anybody mentions shearing because of maggots, they say shearing is a time of year and has nothing to do with maggots as that’s a management issue!
    Just saying
  16. I agree with them, we are going too early and the best time from a shearers point of view is after and during hotter weather.

    And they’re right about the management issue too. My issue is I’m not a full time farmer and spend many days not seeing the sheep at all. My wife checks over them twice a day and she doesn’t need the maggot risk so we shear early. If we get one struck I have to sort it late evening which I don’t want either.

    We will Clik after a few weeks and Ectofly lambs do we do the job belt and braces.
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  17. tepapa

    tepapa Member

    North Wales
    That fine but be sure to pay the shearers handsomely for struggling with sheep that aren't ready.
  18. andybk

    andybk Member

    Mendips Somerset
    i shear in may as i dont want to be dealing with maggots , or sheep on their backs , and most importantly i dont want to spend the day shearing through chemicals , even after the withdraw date . sooner shear early and use chems after . was shearing yesterday came off a treat , as said above i left early lambers till end may a few years back and was very difficult getting it off as grease had dried off after weaning .
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  19. livestock 1

    livestock 1 Member

    Exactly right too
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