Shearing Sheep

A couple of years ago I got a chance to photograph a couple preparing their Zwarbles for the Royal Cornwall Show. It was a fascinating project, taking me into the world of sheep, county shows, pedigree lines and small farming. I learned that getting a sheep ready for show is no easy task, and that is just where it starts because once they’fre cleaned and groomed you still have to train them to parade with you, stand for inspection and put up with other sheep from strange herds.

They start looking like this

This is how they come from the paddock.

Fresh off the paddock


This is the hard part.

It takes a lot of this.

It takes a lot of this.


To get to this.

To get to this.

But heres the payoff.

But heres the payoff.


About idaswears

I left the U.S. for Cornwall 4 years ago. Since then I have spent my time writing, walking and studying the English. It's not always easy being a Yank in Cornwall, but it's always fun and rewarding.
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2 Responses to Shearing Sheep

  1. Trilla Pando says:

    Your second picture makes it clear. I am not going to raise sheep, cute as they are when they are all turned out!


  2. pixieannie says:

    Superb. Reminds me of my childhood. Well done for capturing everything from start to finish. It’s a long and often dirty job, but someone has to do it.


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