How To Shear A Sheep

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How To Shear A Sheep

by Farm Shearing World Store

Sheep shearing can be one of the most demanding jobs in the agricultural world.  However, with the correct technique and positioning, the job can be made a lot easier, with much satisfaction on completion for the shearer.  A professional shearer working a full day on a farm can use up more energy than a marathon runner running two marathons back to back.

There is a sequence of positions used to shear sheep and when you learn the pattern of positions used, like everything, it becomes easier with practice.  Shearing sheep should not require brute force or strength but balance of you and the animal following the shearing sequence.

Starting Position


Place the sheep next to your handpiece or clipper on it's tail and put the sheep's right leg in between your legs behind your bottom.

Belly Wool

Start by shearing the belly wool first.  Run your first blow down the left side of the sheep's belly with your clipper all the way to the flank, breaking open the wool.  Follow the preceding blows parallel to this blow until all the belly wool is removed and the sheep's belly is exposed.  This should take approximately 3 - 5 blows.

Crutch Area & First Hind Leg

Run a blow on the inside of the right leg to the toe/ hoof.  then turn the handpiece around and come back from the toe all the way through the crutch (watch out for teats) and out through the left leg to the toe.  Clear the top of the left leg with 2 clearing blows.  Then run 3 blows from the top of the left leg to the sheep's backbone.  Run 1 blow under the vulva of the sheep. Next onto the undermine which is 2 blows either side of the backbone, starting from the tail and head towards the head.

Head & Neck

Clear the head of any wool by directing 2 blows towards both ears. 

Step through the sheep with your right leg between the sheep's legs.  Please a clearing blow across the top of the brisket to the left shoulder.  Then place a blow from the brisket going the bottom side of the neck to the chin.  Place a blow across the left cheek to the butt of the ear.  Follow the first blow up the neck with the second parallel blow. Next clear behind the ear and head with 2 short blows. 

pick the left leg up and place 3 blows parallel to each other from the knee to meet the neck blows.  Make sure all wool is cleared from underneath the leg.

Long Blow

Starting from the back of the sheep, place 2 short blows parallel to each other; the third parallel blow will then match up with the neck blows and should go through to the head.  Lift your back leg over the sheep and place on the rump of the sheep.  Cut in another 3 or 4 blows until you have gone 1 blow over the backbone.

Last Side

Clear the right cheek by going in front of the ear to the chin.  Then 3 parallel blows straight down finishing on the point of the shoulder.  Then do a further 2 parallel blows across the sheep to the brisket and the second clearing the front right leg.  Pick up the front right leg and clear all the wool on the underside with 2 clearing blows.  Run a blow from the front leg straight down to the flank.  After that, follow that first blow with a blow that goes from the shoulder to the toe.  Run each blow parallel to each other to finish the shearing process off in 5 - 6 blows.  

Watch a Practical Demo of How to Shear Explained in Simple Step by Step Instruction

Click on our link below which will take you to our eBay store where you find our DVD 'shearing The Easy Way' where you will be taken through a practical demonstration of shearing with each step explained.  On the same DVD you will also be able to learn how to shear an alpaca (goats use the same shearing pattern) and lots more on shearing.

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