Monday, April 7, 2014

On a Sheep Station

While in Australia, we got to spend a day at the Tobruk Sheep Station. It was a gray day with a little rain. The day started with a demonstration of whip cracking and boomerang throwing. We then sat down to a snack of bread and tea. The bread was made over the campfire, sweetened with suger cane syrup. The tea was made with water boiled over the campfire, giving the tea a nice smokey taste.

After tea, the sheep were herded into the corral. The station had a great "sheepdog" that was half dingo and half some other herding breed (Unfortunately, I don't remember the breed). They trained the dog to walk on the back of the sheep while the sheep are in the chute. Its hard to explain, but you can see the video here.

Next up, was the sheep shearing demonstration. The sheep at the station are a Merino hybrid. The wool quality is more commercial and not used for knitting yarns. You can see the demonstration here. As you can tell, I'm not much of a videographer. Upon completion they laid out the sheared fleece.

Tobruk fleece is not used for the yarns that we would use. Its used for commercial applications. They grade the fleece before sale.

All in all a fun day with interesting demonstrations. Its probably as close as I will ever get to shearing a sheep, as I far prefer the end product.

Prairie Willow can be found on Ravelry at noliegirl. Prairie Willow is an avid knitter and jewelry designer. My jewelry can be found at Prairie Willow Jewelry;

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