The lyrics from this traditional Australian folk song called "Click go the Shears" (Find out about the song here) reminds me of the time I photographed sheep shearing in Sussex. I watched the shearer almost dance with the sheep, as he pulled and lifted the animal around, never hurting it. Firm but gentle would be the best explanation. Like any child who goes to the barbers for the first time, these sheep also didn't appreciate having their haircut. However, for all the protesting and bleating, the sheep quickly succumb and become docile enough for the artful shearer to position 'the great beast' into a safe shearing position. The shearer pulls and holds the sheep in yoga-like positions allowing the animal's skin to pull tight and thus avoiding any cuts. It may look uncomfortable, but it is a necessary process for the welfare of the animal and reminded me of a recent trip to the physiotherapist!
So as the clippers clicked and the sheep were released from their fleeces, the true art of a professional shearer showed through as yet another sheep took its place and the shearer continued the back-breaking work.
Till next time keep safe, those lenses sparkling and an eye out on the world around you. Scott the photographer.
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