Sheep farming is very much an important part of New Zealand's economy, with both sheep meat & wool selling well on the international markets. New Zealand shearers have an international reputation as being among the world's best. Most sheep are shorn using electric shears nowadays, but each year a certain number are still cut using the old traditional hand-shears, as is being used here. Hand-shearing is usually carried out on merino sheep in the high-country of the South Island, where it is important to leave a little more wool on the animal, rather than the close-cut shearers get from electric shears.
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daddo (26534) 2013-10-05 15:34
Hi Neil. Definitely a job for the younger ones.Reminds me of the Australian painting of the shearers in the shearing shed. Rich colour tones and well timed shot.I suppose we all get "sheared" one way or another. Regards. Klaudio.
dekanski (5040) 2013-10-06 5:13
No specific comments, I just want to say that I like the photo!
pajaran (59129) 2013-10-08 9:57
Lep trenutak ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo pokazan trenutak sisanja ovce.
Majstor rucno sisa makazama ovcu, moje cestitke na ulovljenom trenutku.
Beautiful moment ...
A good time recording, contrast, beautiful colors.
Good work, beautiful moment shown such ewes.
Master Hand-shearing such shear sheep, my congratulations for the captured moment.
zoomer (6) 2013-10-22 19:03
Hi,terrific action shot with lots of atmosphere!All the best Wolf.
MarcT (20964) 2013-11-09 5:01
I have sheep myself. I must admit it takes me half an hour to get the job done. I even regularly cut a little the sheep like your shearer did with the posterior leg of this one :-) Cheers