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Sheep Shearing Presentation

  1. 1. Sheep Shearing
  2. 2. History <ul><ul><li>Sheep are usually born in the early spring. The babies, which are called lambs or kids, feed on their mother’s milk for up to 12 weeks. Sheep have their tails cut off, docking, to help prevent disease and infection among the flock. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Female = ewe (yoos) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Male = ram </li></ul><ul><li>Baby = lamb/kid </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There are more than 800 breeds of sheep. The different breeds are raised for the different kinds of wool that they produce. All wool is waterproof, so therefore the sweaters, blankets, etc. made of wool are waterproof also. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. History Cont’d <ul><ul><li>Sheep are black, white, brown, gray, or spotted. Once the wool is sheared, it can be dyed to create a variety of colors. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wool can be made into: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>rugs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>clothes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>coats </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>sweaters </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>scarves </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>blankets </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Their skin can be made into leather for gloves. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>- The meat from the sheep can be eaten and it is called mutton </li></ul>
  4. 4. Sheep Shearing Procedure <ul><ul><li>The sheep is standing straight up on a crate-like platform. The head is placed in a holder so it cannot move. (Refer to the picture on the poster board) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The shearing begins at the belly of the sheep. The shearer tries to take the wool off in one piece. (A single sheet of wool is called a fleece.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If the wool is going to be used in clothing or blankets, the wool sheared from legs and neck will not be used. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Video <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>This is a clip from “Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe” on the discovery channel. </li></ul><ul><li>This is not a clip that I would show my students but I thought it would be interesting to put in here. (It’s a difficult activity to do in a power point) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Video <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This video demonstrates the sheep shearing process. The process is generally the same, but may vary somewhat by individual. The video is somewhat lengthy, but seems to portray the process accurately, from the little knowledge I have. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Interesting Facts <ul><li>The wool from sheep is coated with lanolin, which is a very oily based substance. If it gets on your skin then you will break out for days. </li></ul><ul><li>Sheep are naturally prey animals so when they are put on their rump they automatically go limp and give up on fighting. </li></ul>
  8. 8. References <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Brady, Peter. Sheep . Mankato: Bridgestone Books, 1996. </li></ul><ul><li>Kalman, Bobby. Hooray for Sheep farming! New York: Crabtree Publishing Co, 1998. </li></ul><ul><li>Oxlade, Chris. Wool . Chicago: Heinemann Library, 2001. </li></ul><ul><li>Powell, Jillian. How Do They Grow? From Lamb to Sheep . Austin: Raintree Steck-Vaughn Publishers, 2001. </li></ul><ul><li>Brandon & Nicole Jackson – Sheep Farmers </li></ul>