|This image captured by Jacqui Bateman in 2010 is now been used in reaction to he new PETA campaign.|
Having grown up on a sheep and cattle station and spending many of my teenage hours working as a 'rousie' alongside these shearers, I never saw anything closely approaching anything they describe. With emphasis on fleece quality from textile & spinning markets (like us) and the demand from farmers to maintain healthy flocks - shearing gangs operating now are incredibly slick, professional, highly competitive teams who take pride their work, just as much as any other tradesperson.
|Shearers are not only professionals, they're athletes and take their work very seriously.|
Shearing is an important part of the care and welfare of farming sheep. Its important to help prevent insect infestation, keeping the animal cool in the hot summer months and keeping the weight of the fleece at a safe level in the winter months. Unshorn sheep can be come very laboured under the wool and water weight of a fleece that has not been removed annually.
|Whilst it makes great headlines when you find sheep such as Shrek, the reality is he's much happier and healthier freshly shorn, than not|
|The most recent PETA poster - so inaccurate on so many levels I don't where to start.|