I had my flock sheared yesterday, have 28 head and couldn't find anyone (as in stronger than me) to work as a catcher, neighborhood boys were all in school and husband is not a sheep person, anyway his business partner decided to go to Florida so he had to work. The fellow I have had help in the past has taken a full time job and was unavailable and not just anybody wants to wrestle sheep for a day!! There has got to be a better way. I set up a shute system where the sheep were held one at a time but they came barreling out the end of the shute and the shearer said he would have rather have caught the sheep in an open pen so that plan was a failure!! I'm thinking about revamping the shute to have a side door that Paul could pull the sheep out of and flip. Does anybody out there have any ideas. I sure can't have the shearer catching another year or he'll be "busy" when I call. I've seen the side shutes specially made for the shearer but can't afford to buy anything like that new. Any help would be appreciated.