Wool is a very versatile material that offers many uses. It’s used for clothing, blankets, rugs, carpeting, insulation, upholstery and much more, so it’s important to make sure shearing is done on your sheep correctly. We’re breaking down some of the top tips to get shearing done properly and efficiently, saving you time and money.
Take time to prepare. Have your space and tools prepared and ready to go. This means having a clean area with boxes to place the wool in, cleaning your blades and testing them to make sure they’re in good working order.
Check the weather. Make sure you keep your animals sheltered and out of any rain or other precipitation in the days leading up to the shearing process. Hot weather is also a stressor to animals, so try to find a place that cool and shaded for shearing.
Hire a professional shearer. Professionals can get very busy so it’s smart to book in advance and make sure you follow their recommendations. If you do choose a professional, make sure you provide all necessities like electrical outlets, a trash bin, and a burlap or nylon pack. A lunch is also a nice gesture.
Keep distractions at bay. Everyday life with other animals, dogs and kids can be distracting and cause stress to the sheep. If people want to observe, which might happen, remind them that they need to stay calm and stay out of the way.
These are just a few important tips to make sure you get the most out of your wool. Remember, having quality wool will increase the price so make sure you get the most wool by shearing correctly. You can get more information about shearing and wool quality at the American Sheep Industry Association.
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