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· Grand Master
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I have shorn a few thousand romneys in my time and never did one get to keep her fleece by fighting! However there are a few points on this subject, once the sheep is on her butt try not to touch the legs as that just gives her something to fight against, secondly, pets and semi-pets are probably worse than large flock sheep.

The shearers around here are rough, bloody and/or late.
:haha: Now where have I heard that before!!!

Seriously though, you are looking to harvest the wool not prepare the sheep for a debutante ball so what looks rough may be better than neat. Second cuts are the issue here so if you go a bit high resist the temptation to tidy her up with another cut but rather leave that wool for next year. For the best, and most professional, look always, always, ensure the tips of your shearing equipment are sliding over the sheep's skin, this will do the finest and neatest cut. Pay particular attention to the side of the comb you can't see, this will be hidden by the wool and will easily rise up from the skin leaving an ugly clump and shortened staple.

Sorry I can't give you much advice on the equipment as I have only ever used the overhead machines with rigid drop torque tubes but I assume anything that is sold for shearing sheep will be more or less adequate.
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