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Shearing tips

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Important points if you shear your own sheep
  • Keep the belly wool out from the fleece wool.
  • Keep the cots and pieces separate.
  • Remove any wool contaminated by vegetable matter (necks and backs).
  • Skirt lightly - only remove permanently discoloured wool.
  • Remove any pen-stained wool.
  • Only use good quality packs.
  • If you use recycled packs - get them only from registered operators.
  • For sewing packs, use two strands of "gold label" twine - tightly sewn.
  • Keep strings, caps and rubbish out of the bales.
  • Don’t press bales over 200kg.
  • Don’t shear or press damp wool.
Dr Clive Dalton

Clive did a Ph.D. in sheep breeding at the University of North Wales at Bangor. After lecturing at Leeds University, he came to New Zealand to do research with MAF. Because of his communication skills, he moved to the Ruakura Agricultural Research Centre to be fully involved in interpreting science for practical application by farmers.

After 14 years he moved to teach at the Waikato Polytechnic where he taught young future farmers. He won the 1993 Landcorp Communicator of the Year award and the 1999 Sir Arthur Ward award for agricultural communication.