Shearing here and there

All but the smallest of New Zealand sheep farms have their own shearing sheds.

Their primary purpose is for shearing and crutching sheep.

Between shearings they’re used for storage and they can also host social occasions. I’ve been to some very good parties, and a wedding, in them.

As sheep have given way to other stock or different types of farming, some shearing sheds have been repurposed as shops, cafes and function venues.

In the UK where most farms have far fewer sheep, the shearing machines are on a trailer that travels from farm to farm.

Shearing is hot work at the best of times, it must be even hotter this summer as the UK swelters in a heatwave.

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