Got Suffolks!!

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by ZykloniaDark-GothikRanchr, May 1, 2008.

  1. anyone know how to shear them????? [​IMG] [​IMG]
  2. boilerjoe_96

    boilerjoe_96 Songster

    Apr 4, 2007
    West Lafayette, IN
    Clippers and a helper(or two)???
  3. [​IMG] Is it similar to shaving a dog? I have done that!! My landlord has 4 marinos that are big huge fluff balls, and it is getting hot here, he said if I shear them I can have all the wool!! I WANT it!!!! I am willing to try, looked it up on some sites, and it looks kinda like shaving a dog!
  4. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    with sheering you try to get the fleece to come off in 1 peice as much as you can.that makes sheeering yes youll need help holding the sheep during itll take awhile to sheer them.
  5. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    You need a good pair of clippers and sharp blades. Depending on how close you want to shave them, you will need different size blades. I use Listers with a fine blade first. Your clippers will work best if you bathe your sheep first. It helps clean the lanolin out of the wool so your blades won't clog up so fast. I use a stand to put the sheep on. It gets them off the ground a little so you are not breaking your back. Hope this helps!!! [​IMG]
  6. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    When you are shopping, there is a difference between clippers with a "clipping head" and a "shearing head". You will never get far shearing a sheep with a clipping head, probably designed for goats and cows.

    I know Premier has a poster taking you through the steps. I only shear mine which go to the Fair. Pay someone else to do the others.
  7. farmgirlie1031

    farmgirlie1031 Songster

    Apr 26, 2008
    I used to shear them. I used the blades for show sheep as often as I could as I hated the ones with the really nasty teeth as I cut one with those teeth once:(
  8. Thanx!! all of it is helpful, I am beginning to wonder what I am getting myself into!!! But I am determined, and the sheep need my help because it is getting HOT HOT HOT!!!
  9. hazelton farms

    hazelton farms Songster

    Jan 4, 2008
    Wish I could get someone to volunteer to shave my ewe and take the wool as payment! I'd do it in a heartbeat!!


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