It is that time of year again, when our woolly friends are looking decidedly shaggy and a little bit warm. Many people have already sheared, especially if they are intending to show their animals, however those who don’t have shelter, or don’t intend to show are still planning ahead. We often get asked the best way to handle fleeces destined for the mill at shearing time, so we’ve put together our top tips which should help you out in the shearing shed.
1. Know what you want; if you are able to work out which fleeces you want to keep while they are on the animal, all the better. This will make sorting much easier, as you can have these sheep shorn first (or last) and keep the fleece separate for a more thorough going over later on.