Wool and Shearing

Shearing & Animal Welfare:

Wool growth is continuous and, with the exception of 'hair' breeds, all sheep need to be sheared.  Shearing as needed or at least annually, is neccessary to minimize animal health and welfare problems, such as:

  • difficulty moving
  • becoming cast (unable to rise)
  • external parasites
  • wool blindness
  • flystrike
  • overheating

The Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Sheep states that regular shearing is a 'Required' practice for animal welfare.  Read the ALP factsheet 'Shearing and Animal Welfare'.

Use the resources listed below to learn more about shearing and how you can make the most from your wool.

  • Canadian Cooperative Wool Growers (CCWG) Resources: Click this link to visit the CCWG website to access these resources relating to wool preparation and shearing:  
    • Code of Practice for Wool Preparation
    • Before Shearing / Shearing Tips
    • Use Sheep Behaviour to your Advantage
    • Sample Wool Grading Statement
    • Fleece Judging Score Card
    • Electric Wool Baler
    • Fleece Sorting Table Plans
    • Plans for a Fleece Packing Frame
    • Plans for Horizontal Square Wool Press
    • Plans for a Rectangular Wool Sack Stand
    • Using Paint & Markers to Identify Sheep
    • Wool Production in Canada (booklet)