Thursday, 25 June 2009

Britain Countryside - The Sheep

What is a countryside without sheep?
When people talking about British countryside, my brain quickly reconstruct an image with hilly landscape with loads of sheep on them.
But having seen loads of sheep this past 4 year. We wanted to see something different. So how about Sheep-Shearing?

Typically each adult sheep is shorn once each year (a sheep may be said to have been "shorn" or "sheared", depending upon dialect). The annual shearing most often occurs in a shearing shed, a facility especially designed to process often hundreds and sometimes more than 3,000 sheep per day.
Machine shears, known as handpieces, operate in a similar manner to human hair-clippers in that a power-driven toothed blade, known as a cutter, is driven back and forth over the surface of a comb and the wool is cut from the animal. It may look a bit uncomfortable but the audience is assured that the sheep left unharmed.

the new summer look!


Anonymous said...

The last time I witnessed sheep shearing was in NZ. A wonderful experience. I kinda cringe at the buzzing sound of the shearing tool as it moves over the body of the sheep.

Char said...

now that is a haircut, right?