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Shearing Rams. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Shearing Rams
Rams are about three times the size of ewes and take plenty of skill and muscle for shearing.
Sheep Shearing
by Cat Urbigkit
April 26, 2008

Travelers on Highway 351 got to watch the progress of a sheep shearing on Tuesday, as New Zealand shearers worked on the Paradise Sheep Company flock in a set of pens near the New Fork River bridge.

Photos by Cat Urbigkit

Woolly Herd. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Woolly Herd
These fine-wooled Rambouillet ewes need to have their wool crop shorn before they begin lambing, which is set to begin in May.

Before. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
These wooly yearlings are penned and ready for their wool to be removed. An adult ewe will yield from eight to eleven pounds of wool.

Pen Chute. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Pen Chute
The sheep are penned and pushed up a chute into the shearing plant. The sheep shearers are working inside, with the wool moved out the front of the plant, and the freshly shorn sheep leaving the plant via the ramps on the back.

Ram Inside. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Ram Inside
Rams are carefully moved up the chute and into the shearing plant. The rams know exactly where their horn tips are and will tilt their heads to maneuver through narrow passages.

Wool Girl. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Wool Girl
In addition to the New Zealand shearers, the crew includes a “wool girl,” who sorts the wool and bales it into 400-pound bales.

Comparing. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
The ewes sniff and greet each other after getting their new look.

Leaving. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
With professional shearers taking about three minutes per sheep, the freshly shorn flock is ready to go back to grazing.

Meadow. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
The shorn flock is turned back onto its grazing range.
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