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(   Biological defleecing to save farmers from the back breaking labour of shearing   ( divider line
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2022-06-21 5:25:58 AM  
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Kat09tails: I would think that with the value of fleece in the toilet because the wool mills and other textile industries going offshore the solution would be more of a conversion to hair sheep for the meat sheep industry. Most sheep are shorn at a loss in the west. Hair sheep shed their coat without needing be sheared where wooled sheep MUST be sheared regularly.

Wool isn't a synthetic product, you can move a wool mill offshore but that doesn't change where the wool itself comes from.

NZ and Australia are doing absolutely fine producing wool.
2022-06-21 12:45:06 AM  
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2022-06-21 1:25:48 AM  
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All shearers have soft, smooth hands.
2022-06-21 10:03:54 AM  
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Wool is an amazing material. I do not think about it much, frankly, but it has an important niche.

Neat article and of course it is labor intensive.

I am not excited about going for chemicals, but not for any particular reason. As long as everyone is careful about it and the material is not affected.

I wonder if anyone has tried a different approach of "half automating" the process, with mechanical shearing of the broad surfaces, with some guy or guys doing the faces and difficult contours to clean the animals up. I wonder if you could train the animals to come to stalls for regular automated brushing so that they like it and feel comfortable with it, and then one day, they come in and get snipped instead of brushed. They might not even know the difference untll it is all over.

Certainly not an expert, but those are pretty high rates for shearing.
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