According to an article in "The Times" today by Paul Heiney.I quote. " Animal Lovers have complained, and the the organisers of the Kent County Show have caved in. There will be no more sheep shearing competitions at this annual event "in case the sheep are cut. The bleating complainants will think this is progress. Farmers say its one more example of the lack of understanding between town and countryside." What do you think? Regards Noels
Whilst being a 'townie' I think there is an obvious need for sheep to be sheared in general farming terms. But to ask people, no matter how skilled, to race against each other, where the obvious result of an error of judgement, due to them rushing, would be inflicting an injury on the animal, just seems callous and selfish.
belfman "Perhaps some of the local famrers can volunteer in a 'Human Head Shaving' competiton instead."
Absolutely disgraceful, I am a country boy and proud. There is a clear necessity to shear sheep and believe me, sheep get nicked during the season process never mind a competition. They dont sit the sheep down and give them a short back and sides, farmers have a whole flock to get through. Tt has to be done quickly cause believe it of not the sheep dont like being held down. It may look bad with the blood but rememeber if we nick ourselves while shaving it can bleed quite a bit too.
If the sheep weren't shaved they could possibly die during the summer season. Its just daft in my opinion. No farmer worth his salt would intentionally hurt or distress his livestock as, has been said before, its his lively hood.
will have a spray bottle of disinfectant handy for treating any cuts made by the shearer, and no good shearer will cut a sheep if it can be helped. Small nicks are more or less inevitable in competition, and often look far worse than they are.