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There was no way to lock them
bit of planning was needed to
catch them. I could only set up
the electric machine on a very
dusty surface! Luckily I managed
to shear in a bit of shade, as it
indeed was getting hotter.
Instructions and a map on how
to get to the next farm and away
I went. Here were four waiting
sheep and a 120kg Suffolk
monster... I managed to set the
machine up in the barn so it was
nice and cool.
Mr ram took a bit to turn over
but we managed. Here I took a
little time out after finishing to
have a non-alcoholic beer, with
further instructions on getting
to the next place. A short drive
through the hills and lovely late
spring conditions and farmer
number six was waiting. Three
sheep caught and brought out to
the garden and shorn on the spot.
Down the road and around the
corner to the next farm where 11
Suffolks were waiting nicely inside
a small shed. I found a nail to
hang the machine on and away we
went. These sheep were all year
running outside so were in a good
condition with nice wool and had
very good feet, so no need to trim
A quick bite of lard on bread and
away to the second last farmer in
this area. This was a bit of a drive
and with two lots of roadworks it
took a while. Waiting here were
two hoggets inside a large wire
framed 20m x 4m construction
sort of thing that looked like a
glasshouse without the glass. They
were quite wild and one needed
to be careful not to break a knee
trying to catch them, but in the
end we got them and shorn they
By this time it was 7pm and I had
one last farm left with one sheep
waiting there. It was about 50km
from where I was, so away I drove.
Through small villages, around
winding roads, up and down little
hills and then I was there. I was
led out to the back of the garden
where a young sheep and two
Cameroon sheep were waiting.
But she didn't want to be caught
or come to get some bread, and it
was quite a big garden, so it took
a while to get her cornered. But of
course we caught her in the end
and in a few minutes she was free
of her wool.
The owner was in a small state of
shock after seeing such delicate
work in removing the wool from his
prized sheep and had to shake my
hand about eight times for such a
fine job. It cost him 35 dollars to
shear that sheep.
So that was my shearing finished
for the day, the only thing left now
was to drive back to collect Zofie.
I arrived there about 9.30pm and
after a bite to eat for dinner I still
had a 1.5 hours' drive home. It
was just after 11.30pm when I
drove back up the same driveway
that I left at 6.30 that morning.
Fifty sheep, 17 hours and a few
dollars in the pocket. Today's
sheep averaged NZ5.20 dollars,
including trimming and travel.
Ahh, the life of a Kiwi/Czech
On the road again
Here I am after catching a sheep in the field and shearing it on the spot. We caught about six this way and shore them
where we caught them, with little white piles of wool left scattered around the paddock.
6 Fair eld Street, Gore Ph: 03 208-0441 E: email@example.com
To keep your
in top gear,
it helps to
have a solid
If you want to HUNT
It s coming up to the most exciting time of year for hunters. The roar is only a
short time away, followed by the opening of duck shooting. With the build up
of animals in many areas, hunters should consider taking females instead of
immature stags. By taking females
there is a better ratio between sexes, which in turn makes for a better roar with
stags being more vocal, competing for remaining partners. And, more feed for
stags means bigger heads. Not only are they in better condition, that spiker
could be the trophy of a life time in a couple of years.
Doc has employed hunters to manage built up areas so do your bit for
conservation or you may nd your favorite spot targeted.
On another note we at Elders have been assessing crops around
Southland. It doesn t look good, with most crops calculated at about 60 - 70%
yield for winter. There will be a real shortage for this period but we can help. If
looking for extra feed - balage, straw, grain, meal etc we have many contacts
further north, feel free to give us a ring.
Putting my hunters hat on again deer and other animals can eat a lot
of your winter feed before you need it. Deer in particular damage brassicas with
their hoofs, letting disease or water in and rotting the bulbs. If you suspect this
is happening, give me a call.
63 Great North Road Winton 03 2366002
Contact Lindsay Youngman
John Barker is a former Southlander who moved to the Czech
Republic in 2000 where he is now based. In 2011 he began
shearing part-time. In this fourth part in his series on living and
shearing in the Czech Republic he picks up from last month's
road trip having just arrived at a building yard to face eight
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