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How to Shear Sheep

Namaste Farms’ Natalie Redding demonstrates how to safely and efficiently shear a sheep.

At Namaste Farms, in Southern California’s Temecula Valley, Natalie Redding raises and shears about 160 sheep and Angora goats per year. Her one-woman shearing operation can be a physically tough job—one, she says, that occasionally earns her an extra snickers bar.

In addition to selling the fleece that she shears, Redding spins the fiber from her sheep and goats into yarn. The fiber is of premium quality, which she maintains by feeding her animals a healthy diet with lots of vegetables. 

Above all else, Redding puts her sheep’s and goats’ safety first when shearing. “You want to be kind to your animals,” she says. “They give us all this wonderful fiber; it’s the least we can do.”

If you’re considering shearing your own fiber animals, Redding is one person you can learn a lot from. Watch the video above as she and her favorite Wensleydale Longwool ewe demonstrate how to make sheep shearing a good experience for both shearer and animal.

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this women has no idea at all , this is pure cruelty and people who wish to shear their own sheep should take no notice of this women at all . the sheep is stressed to the max . where is the rspca ????
guy, International
Posted: 5/28/2014 12:44:31 AM
That poor sheep is stressing out like crazy. And the woman is pulling the wool off in bits - I've never seen such a mess made of fiber. Why on earth would hobby farms make this an example of "how to shear a sheep"? It should be titled "Everything you should NEVER do when shearing a sheep."
Pete, Charlotte, NC
Posted: 3/2/2014 12:11:55 PM
Umm that is bad advise on shearing a sheep for both animal and shearer-invite me over too show you the way--kiwi Steve
Steve, International
Posted: 1/13/2014 6:01:04 PM
I guess that is one way to shear a sheep. As an experienced sheep shearer I can shear that sheep in a couple minutes with no nicks, fewer second cuts, and wayyyy less stressful on the sheep. Unless she likes to shear sheep she would be much better off and the sheep will be much better off if she could find a good shearer (some are not worth a penny) to do the job right. You can look on youtube and see sheep sheared properly with much less stress.
Anthony, Sterling, UT
Posted: 3/19/2013 8:24:44 AM
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