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Sep 16, 2019 04:47:21   #
alpacafarmer
 
I don't know much about sheep -but I do know about shearing animals. We have 100+ alpacas, and shear them every year. In fact, we even shear the babies. Because we are located in Minnesota - hot humid summers, and cold winters, we shear mid spring so they are cool in the summer, and yet have enough time to re-grow their fleece before winter. if we didn't shear, the animals would be at terrible risk of heat stress in the summer time, and very quickly they can die from heat stress. The process of shearing is not something they enjoy - it's about 6 minutes of being held in a position where they have no control - but I can tell you, after they are released and let back into their field, the first thing they do is roll in the dirt. and run and jump. I can only interpret that behavior to joy! being cool, feeling the ground and the dirt, and being released of a heavy coat. Much like us taking all of our winter gear off. I believe strongly that not shearing is not doing these animals any good. They don't get hurt, they don't get cut, this is just of caring for these wonderful animals that give us, in return, fleece that we can turn into clothing and home goods.
 
Sep 16, 2019 08:23:43   #
SueFerns
 
If the sheep is hurt it is a bad clipper.
Sep 16, 2019 10:31:32   #
warpspeedlinda
 
All I can say about this is ....does the hair dresser hurt you when you get your hair cut?
do you hurt yourself when you shave your legs? buy yarn, crochet or knit and be happy!!
Sep 16, 2019 12:15:21   #
scumbugusa
 
Unless the shearer is careless and nicks the sheep while sheering, there is no problem.

They appreciate not having the fleece in the summer.
Sep 16, 2019 16:17:26   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
 
warpspeedlinda wrote:
All I can say about this is ....does the hair dresser hurt you when you get your hair cut?
do you hurt yourself when you shave your legs? buy yarn, crochet or knit and be happy!!
Professional hairdresser, no. Husband wielding the shears when I couldn't afford a trip the the hairdresser's, yes! He said the scissors had just pinched my ear. When I noticed blood dripping down my shirtfront, I grabbed the scissors from his hand and saw a small piece of my flesh clinging to a blade!!!

Shaving my own legs with a so-called "safety razor", yes, I've drawn blood, and more than once.
Advantage of poor genes, hypothroidism, and diabetes: almost all leg hair has vanished, all underarm hair (and stinkiness) has vanished.
Disadvantage: scalp hair is swiftly following suit, though what's left is still more brown than not.
Sep 16, 2019 16:54:44   #
IndigoSpinner (a regular here)
 
flhusker wrote:
Don't believe everything PETA says!


In fact, don't believe most of what PETA says!

What PETA publishes is what it thinks will get them the most money, whether it's true or not!
 
Sep 16, 2019 17:40:07   #
LovieHowellRocks
 
It's not about the shearing people, it's about the mulesing....look it up. The sheep industry is right up there with every single commercial enterprise involving live animals. The key word being commercial. But just because something is commercial and historical does not make it right. There's no excuse these days for anyone to be uninformed about the choices they make. Look it up and make your choice. There are plenty of options for us.
Sep 16, 2019 20:09:16   #
olyoyster
 
I sheared a sheep in Australia a few years back. That sheep didn't mind at all. I got much more resistance from my kids when I insisted they wear coats outside!
Sep 16, 2019 20:09:17   #
olyoyster
 
I sheared a sheep in Australia a few years back. That sheep didn't mind at all. I got much more resistance from my kids when I insisted they wear coats outside!
Sep 17, 2019 19:56:11   #
luree (a regular here)
 
It would be more cruel not to shear them. They can not take the heat in the summer. We always sheared in the spring. After seeing them wooly all winter, it was funny seeing their pink skin !
Sep 18, 2019 17:18:00   #
Joy Marshall (a regular here)
 
I watched a sheep shearing demonstration in New Zealand and the sheep did not seem injured in any way. In fact, I understand that if a sheep is heavy with wool and falls down, it cannot get up again.
 
Oct 6, 2019 08:08:47   #
knittingmermaid
 
I would imagine if the person doing the shearing is rough or inexperienced the animal could get a nick, but I feel it would be more detrimental not to shear them. They get huge knots, dreads that leaves, grass and other stuff gets tangled into the mix. I'm not sure, but if they weren't sheared their skin would get irritated. Think of it as helping the animal not harming it.
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