Two shearers machine-shear sheep while a rouseabout (or ‘rousie’) gathers up the fleece, in 1949. Māori shearing gangs were more likely than others to be extended-family groups, with women and children also working. Machine shears allowed shearers to clip more sheep per day, so after their introduction, shearing-gang sizes decreased.
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