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Honeymooning Cousins & Sheep Shearing In Australia

I’m sure that being the observant readers that you are you would have noticed that for the past three weeks I’ve only been posting my Friday Funnies posts. Well, if you were one of my list subscribers you would have known that I’ve been busy entertaining some cousins from Italy who were over from Italy. They were actually on their honeymoon and had decided to spend it with their family, which I found to be quite an honor.

Naturally we wanted to show them a good time and I have to admit we found it to be quite a challenge. Luckily my Scenic Adelaide blog was able to provide me with some places to take them too. Even though spending so much time with them was pretty tiring we enjoyed every bit of it as it allowed us to come to know them so much better, something you can’t do from technological advances like Skype or FaceBook.

Learning To Shear A Sheep

Naturally, knowing something about the person helps you to work out the sort of places

English: shearing a sheep at the Shearing Shed...
Shearing a sheep at the Shearing Shed

that they would find interesting. As it turns out he was a man of the land, a farmer and someone who likes the simple things in life. That being the case it was most fortunate that they arrived while the Adelaide Royal Show was still on.

Having over a hundred sheep himself he was most interested in everything to do with sheep and so we made sure we took in the sheep shearing exhibition. The first thing he noticed is that we don’t tie down our sheep’s legs, something he found really strange as his sheep aren’t so docile.

He did tell us though that unlike our merino sheep the fleece from his sheep wasn’t worth much and that he was lucky to get 50 Euro for the whole lot. What he does make money from though is the milk which unfortunately is a lot more labor intensive as it involves him milking them twice a day.

As far as shearing goes Aussie shearers can shear 150 -200 sheep a day and can strip a sheep of it’s fleece in under 3 minutes! Me, I reckon I’ll stick to blogging.

I’ve learned so many things from their stay here, some of which I will share on this as well as some of my other blogs, especially the Scenic Adelaide one. One thing for sure is that I’ve grown a lot closer to my cousins and I also have a better appreciation of those who live on the land and what they have to go through. If you think about it, if it wasn’t for them we would all be a hell of a lot worse off.

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  1. We sure would’ve been a lot more worse off. We would’ve had to part with the basic necessities of food, clothing and roof. Then our lifespan would’ve been, what, a week?A few days? Maybe I’m blabbering, too far-fetched, but it’s a fact, though long-forgotten in this tech-freak world.
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    1. If we didn’t have farmers people would certainly find things a lot harder Thomas. I’m sure most people don’t appreciate all the hard work involved when they go to the supermarkets. The problem is that although the farmers put in most of the work and investments many actually don’t make all that much because they are screwed by suppliers and major supermarkets.

  2. I thought shearing sheep was common knowledge. Am I missing some here?

    1. Yep, people may know that the shearing of sheep occurs but they probably don’t know what it involved. This video explains how it’s actually done and the processes involved.

  3. Interesting video on Shearing A Sheep.
    Great fact that Aussie shearers can shear 150 -200 sheep a day and can strip a sheep of it’s fleece in under 3 minutes
    Thanks Sire

    1. Thanks shasha, I thought so and I was hoping others would as well.

  4. Wow I cannot believe they shear 150-200 sheep a day. That is a ridiculous amount of sheep. Just think, thats 150 sheep x 5 days = 750 sheep per week. Awesome!

    1. Especially when you consider the conditions some of them have to work in.


  5. Twitter:
    Yes, but Aussies have to compete with the world champion kiwis. Aussies have an advantage with the coarser merino wool

    1. Yep, there’s always that friendly competition between us isn’t there Pete. Probably why we excel at certain things.

  6. Hi Peter,
    I have never seen anyone shearing a sheep before.Its amazing how they both have so easily done their job well.

    1. That’s exactly why I posted it Aditya, because I know there are heaps of people who haven’t ever seen it done. Now at least they will have an idea of some of what goes on.

      1. Have you seen someone shearing the sheep in real Peter??

        1. Of course, who do you think took the video? :laugh_tb:

          1. You took the video…Then i guess i have asked the wrong question from the right person :D

  7. Just learned an amazing thing yesterday, sheep wool is healthy!! Do you know why? It’s because of the lanolin that’s extractyed from it and with which we make vitamin D3, which I take every day :-)

    1. Funny you should mention that because my cousin says that all the contact with the wool has helped to make his hands so soft, something his new wife probably appreciates a great deal :wink:

      1. It’s true Sire, wool is naturally fatty in order to make it waterproof for the sheep. Lanolin is the fatty substance that comes from the sheep and it has a very distinctive smell, not unpleasant and quite a vegetal smell (considering it isn’t). It’s one of the best moisturisers known to man as it can penetrate so many layers of skin so it’s been used in cosmetics since the beginning. Some people are sensitive to lanolin however so the cosmetic firms tend to leave it out these days.

        1. Amazing isn’t it how nature tends to provide a lot of things that is naturally good for you.

  8. Hi Peter!
    i think this is wrong work that we shaer the animal for our benefit or profit.i think it is work of sin.i watch this video and became sad.

    1. Why sad? It doesn’t hurt the sheep or anything.

      1. I think in a hot country like Australia I’d be very glad if someone came along to shear me. As long as I was a sheep of course lol.

        1. I’m sure they feel the same Roz and I’m sure there would be a lot of blokes out here willing to do the shearing, as long as you were a sheep that is :devil_tb:

  9. Up till now, I was just aware that sheep shearing is done to get wool etc. But I never even thought about indulging in the very process of shearing. I got a fair amount of knowledge through this post. The idea of shearing is enticing, but at the same time it gives me a little depressing feeling. Thanks for writing on such a niche.

    1. Aayna, considering that man usually kills an animal to get hold of the fur I reckon the sheep are really lucky to get fleeced. Besides, like Roz said, it gets pretty hot hear and I’d say the sheep feel pretty lucky to get rid of all that wool.

  10. Hi Sire, thanks for that, I’ve always wanted to know how a sheep was sheared :) It’s also nice to know that it’s not too distressing for them – that one looked quite chilled about the whole experience.

    1. It’s not like he was struggling to get away or anything. Perhaps he knows that this is going to be one hot summer :wink_ee:

  11. This definitely helped me gain better appreciation for laborers who need to do this every single day to make a living. Sheep shearing is way too tedious!

    1. It’s not like you shear sheep all year around Kristine, but when they do I imagine it would be back breaking work.

  12. That was a cool adventure! I can’t believe you were able to shear sheeps! Great post!

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