Stanley Vale Merino Stud - News & Views

Stanley Vale 2017 Main Shearing

The main shearing at Stanley Vale is always a busy couple of weeks. It's also a very rewarding time as well.

Watching the wool come of the sheep and the shed beginning to fill with pressed wool bales represents the fruits of a year's worth of planning, management and caring for our sheep.

Shearing is also a great opportunity to look at how the genetics we are choosing to use in the stud and commercial flocks are performing.

"In the last few years we have been focusing more on frame size and wool cut. This is reflected in the size of the sheep and weight of wool they are cutting as they come through the shed", says Dom Bower. 'Now the sheep have EID it is much easier to track individual animal fleece weights meaning we can make much faster progress here."

At the end of the second week of shearing some of the stud sheep were shorn. This is captured below.

All being well we will finish shearing at the end of the week.

Basking in the New England winter sunshine & waiting patiently for the shearers
Line up of stud ewe fleeces in the foreground, the shearing team hard at work in the background
Is there anything quite like the smell of a shearing shed during shed?
Mustering all the sheep at Stanley Vale to and from the shed is a massive job, made easier by having good working dogs.
Rate this blog entry:
Leading Breeder Videos available online now
Happy 93rd Birthday Kevin.

Related Posts