Shearing Details and Wool Harvest

For those readers like me, who like to know about and to see the set up at other people’s places, here are a few of our shearing shed and set up.

Our building is a long and narrow canvas hoop style building. We framed and put in both a garage door and a man door on the front end, plus we have a sliding door at the rear as another access and release point for animals. The hoop building was anchored onto a four foot pony wall. Along each long wall there are four tin panels we can remove for airflow. We are replacing the tin with plywood as we can afford to.

The building is used for shearing and for flock treatment days, so about five days a year in total. Otherwise it sits empty. I have recently started to use it for stock dog training when the weather is poor.


The above photo shows the shearing floor at the front end of the building. The race (alleyway) is set up right against the left wall, alongside the floor and will travel right to the front as well as extending further back into the building. You can see one of the window panels on the left. The green piece of equipment is the wool packer. Just to the right of it (off the photo) is an old wagon bed we use as a table and for holding backlog of fleeces.


This is how it is possible to hang six shearing machines. Allen built this rail the week before shearing.


It is adjustable front to back and in and out, so the shearers have flexibility of where to set up, allowing them to maximize on their individual shearing space. Our shearing crew absolutely loved it and also loved the solidly built plywood shearing floor (shown in first photo).


This is the sliding barn door at the rear of the building. It was also built the week before shearing (we like last minute work :) ) This little sliding door is so quaint. Nothing like a sliding barn door to make the place feel a little like a barn.

And lastly, besides cleanly shorn sheep, the result of all that work and three days of shearing was this:


We were able to haul our wool to a wool collection depot right away so away we went. The depot is about an hour away from us. Here wool bags are collected and stored until there is enough to make a semi truck load, at which time the full truck makes its way to the Canadian Cooperative Wool Growers out east. Once there, the wool is graded and the producer is paid accordingly, however, this process takes a long time. We won't see payment for this wool harvest until early 2013.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing. I am enjoying all your posts, and like learning about your approach to the logistics of raising sheep. It must feel wonderful to have all that wool successfully bagged and delivered. Congratulations!

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  2. I enjoy writing about it and sharing a bit of different perspective. Yes, we feel pretty satisfied (and tired) :)

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