No downtime for shearing gangs

'The boys have not had a day off'

JILL GALLOWAY
Last updated 12:00 15/01/2014
Shearer Peter Jackson
DAVID UNWIN/Fairfax NZ
STEADY HAND: Shearer Peter Jackson from Apiti works hard in what has been a pretty normal shearing season so far.

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When it has been too wet for shearing in one area, sheep have been dry enough in another so shearing has cracked on.

Shearers and contractors say they are not behind, in spite of the recent moist weather. "The boys have not had a day off," said Feilding-based contractor Erin Bailey.

"They had a few days off over New Year, but they have been working since," she said.

She and her husband Scott run two shearing gangs from their Feilding base, but shear a lot around Marton and Apiti, she said.

Mavis Mullins from Dannevirke, a former woolhandler and shearing contractor, said it had been "a busy season", with the timing of shearing on-track with normal.

"It has been an interesting season. We've had great rain overnight and in the morning, then the wind has dried everything out."

Mrs Mullins said most ewes had been shorn, and shearers were now shearing lambs.

Manawatu Pohangina farmer Linda Gray said they had shorn a bit earlier than usual, and while sheep were wet for half a day and that time was lost, the stock dried out and shearers managed to take the wool off all their stock.

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- Manawatu Standard

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