Farm Ireland

Thursday 14 December 2017

WATCH: Does our reporter have the skill for sheep shearing?

Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Here at the Ploughing Championships sheep shearing is an ordinary everyday task for the farmers.

But do you have what it takes to shear a sheep?

Reporter Catherine Devine and George Graham
Reporter Catherine Devine and George Graham

After watching farmer George Graham, you can see the strength, patience and skill involved in sheep shearing.

From fancy leg moves, to holding the sheep comfortably, there are many tricks to the shearing.

The razor used is very heavy and surprisingly powerful, while holding the sheep still without it kicking or jumping is a brave challenge in itself.

Despite the physical challenge, George said that for each sheep he shears he earns just €2.

Watch the video to see all Graham's tricks!

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