At my spinning guild on Monday we were talking about whose sheep have been shorn and whose haven't as there is a shortage of good shearers. Well, one of the ladies agreed to come out to my place and shear my sheep. She and her ex-Marine son came over and the work commenced. I soon realized that, because their animals are so tame, neither knew how to grab and hold a sheep. Her shears may do fine on llamas, but are no match for wool, especially wool with matting. She doesn't know how to hold the shears and uses a little dab dab motion (lots of second cuts). Some of the wool on my shorn critters is over an inch long, in fact one fellow looks like he was shorn two months ago! And slow. In five hours, three sheep got clipped, two while in the stantion, but my big ram was too big so he was cuddled during his suffering. But, she was being very careful. My only problem with the slowness was the added stress to the animals. I did use Rescue Remedy and lavender E.O., so the sheep were much calmer than they would have been. And, I used the opportunity to dredge them with Ivermectin and spray some neem oil mixture on 'em (to keep flies away). I was hinting that if my friend took a class she'd probably learn how to catch and hold sheep, etc., and that there's a severe shortage of shearers who are careful with the flock, so she could earn some money. And on a really bright side, her son really liked my sire ram and maybe she will take him off my hands.