Kōrero: Farming in the economy

Shearing time (2 o 2)

Shearing time

These sketches from the 1883 Illustrated New Zealand News depict the activities that take place on a sheep station at shearing time. One shows pet sheep being used to entice the main flock into the sheep yards. Once the wool is shorn it is thrown on to the wool table, where sorters remove short and discoloured bits of the fleece. The fleece is then taken to the classer, who sorts it before it is pressed into bales. Shorn sheep are branded with the station brand. Wool is transported by cart, either to a stock and station company wool store, or to the port. Curiously, none of the sketches show the shearers at work.

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Reference: PUBL-0110-1883-001

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Me pēnei te tohu i te whārangi:

Robert Peden, 'Farming in the economy - Early farming and the great pastoral era', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/artwork/17601/shearing-time (accessed 19 October 2019)

Story by Robert Peden, published 24 Nov 2008