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Shearers and Farmers Agree

I want to thank you all for your words of encouragement and the positive words on the face book page and my blog. I think it is vital we all have a voice for our animals and our trades, there are very few farmers in Australia and the world that advocate cruelty to animals, in any way shape or form. Not to say that we are all perfect we are not, but deliberate attempts by organisations to show the rogues (there are those in every industry) the randomness of the trades, the bullies and those that need education all differ and high light the fact that we need to support even these people.

We can take stock and look back now at what PETA has done and thank them, we can thank them for the unity they have created amongst us all. We need to thank them for the fact that they have put our industry in the fore front of people’s minds to defend it. we can thank them for highlighting how ignorance and discrimination can create change for the better.

We are better off with them than without them and I mean that, for if they had not been so determined in their lies, fake lambs, vegan spokes person (nothing wrong with being a vegan – though to a meat eater it’s a different life style choice) and tried to con Australia into believing that the wool industry is full of horrific practices we would not be having the support of Australia and beyond. Groups such as PETA can do some much good, like expose puppy farms, – take photos of those cruel people who deliberately cage dogs for profit, close that sector down.

PETA we invite you to come to our farm next time we are shearing, I will actually pen a letter to them – an open letter and post it and wait for their response. I hope they do take me up on the offer, in fact I say why don’t we all do it, I am happy to write this and will share it with you. Lets get them to film us and our teams of workers and make them understand the frustration, the heat, the barking dogs and the work makes long days and frayed tempers but it doesn’t make shearing the skin off sheep and leaving them to die in agony as their picture depicts.

My friends at www.baabaabrew.com.au in NSW property Goongirwarrie sent me a picture of one of their Merino Rams being shorn – how hard does this look?

Shearing the Ram

Shearing the Ram

Australian Wool and Sheep Industry

It’s funny (not funny really) that since the myth has been debunked about the treatment of our sheep and lambs during shearing, there has been no word or apology from PETA. I have started the facebook page, requested photos and pictures and I live the feedback it is getting, so much so I may even have to create a webpage. In the 5 days I have had it open there have been over 2000 likes, keep spreading the word.

What it shows us is there are an enormous amount of farmers, families and shearers who take so much pride in their work, the industry and each other it really is heartening to see. Keep those videos coming – I am more than happy to promote good high quality shearers and their work.To the shearers out there, send me your details or a picture of yourself – so that we can promote it through the page. It really is an industry unless you are in it, no one knows how tough it is, how respected most of you are by those that employ you, how frustrated we are that we can’t get you (you are all so busy) especially if the word of mouth says how good a team you are and how good your skills are. If you have a show coming up jump on the facebook page (click here and it will take you too it)  or email me robyn@bullysbeef.com.au and I’ll put up an events page where people can see where you’re doing displays or competitions get the public out there supporting us.

I know there are teams of you that travel overseas for demonstrations, come to country shows and have competitions and put hours into your craft. Shearing the wool off the sheeps back is exactly that, it provides an income for families, including your own, it provides the industry with high quality wool for national and International sale. It is used for many different purposes and mostly puts wool on bodies all over the world.

Mr Barnaby Joyce MP said it best really so I have copied the you tube video for you to listen to. Whilst I don’t subscribe to name calling, it would be nice if someone from PETA would admit that the treatment of lambs during shearing does not produce the kind of image that they have displayed.  https://youtu.be/sPYdio-hCP0

I have also received a spiel about a cottage industry (Australian) of course that uses aged sheep manure, bags it and people buy it to add liquid and it turns in to 100% natural fertilizer for their gardens. Not only do they produce wool but they have turned what could be years of poop under the shearing shed into a business. Their fund raising idea is fabulous, get on over to their website and have a look, promote it on your page and get the industry talking about all of the great things it does. They call themselves Baa Baa Brew, great name too.

Baa Baa Brew

Baa Baa Brew

For Peta’s sake buy Australian Wool and support the Industry

It had to happen didn’t it? Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) finding another campaign to or group of people to attack, this time they openly say that the lamb depicted in the photo isn’t real, how can they use such scare mongering tactics? It’s appalling and offensive to farmers, shearers and those that work and rely on the wool industry for a living, I also wonder if Jona Weinhofen (also an Adelaide boy) has ever been in a shed before he agreed to do the campaign?

Most farmers I know have no issue with ethical treatment of animals they do it themselves. The farmers are out there day and night checking stock when they are ready to give birth, to assist cattle, ewes, horses well all animals under their care to birth without much complications as the rest of a terrible birth is the same as for with humans, things die and it’s awful. I myself have assisted in pulling a calf when required. So in most cases farmers are the true representation of Peta, without the scare tactics and money to photograph ‘famous people’ holding fake animals to prove a point.

The Shearing Contractors Association of Australia has acknowledge that poor treatment of animals is not tolerated nor is it endemic of their association. the footage that Peta run is from last year and they took that to the Association and it has been dealt with – each shed and Shearer has been notified and educated. That should have been the end of that, but no nearly 12 months on it become a topic to run in the media and to try to garnish a response, what did they want? do they want to shut the shearing industry like what happened with the Live Export ban? Do they want sheep to be left unshorn and suffer from this practice? or are they looking to up their membership base? One can only guess.

I am launching a campaign today and have written to many stores, wool producers and Associations asking for their support to assist the industry and get you all to buy a piece of Australian Wool, be that clothing to wear, like jackets, coats jumpers etc. or accessories to display i.e. scarfs and or Australian wool to knit with. If we don’t support the retailer, the whole industry will suffer, that is, farmers getting our of sheep, thus reducing the wool supply and putting our experienced shearers out of work. It is hard enough to get experienced teams to come and shear lets not erode the industry by supporting the fabricated campaign of Peta.

If you are a producer, or retailer or stockist of wool products and want to have a plug, please contact me of jump on my Facebook page or contact me direct robyn@bullysbeef.com.au. I want it to be full of positive things about the industry and promote Australian Made. Here is a lamb being shorn, lifted onto an old tyre, for comfort and to ease the strain on shearers

Shearing sheep - no cuts here

Shearing sheep – no cuts here

Today is brought to you by the Letter S

It’s that time of the year, it has rolled around fast. We are shearing today, shearers are hard to get and come skilled. It is a hard physical labor work and can be called back breaking, I watched with admiration the skill they have in removing the wool intact from the sheep, pinning them down and holding them without hurting them is a real skill. i have seen my husband do it and have attempted it myself but I need way more practice and strength to hold them down.

Shearers are getting scare and as they age so do the ailments that come with such back breaking work, most get sore backs which is understandable, but it is hard to do this on ones own. we have always employed shearers and tried to make it easy for them. The farmer built a shearing shed (yes from scratch) with the help of my cousins husband Ronnie and one son Hughie, unbeknownst to his mother was placed upon the roof to assist during the build. I had the pleasure of helping to get the roof on, being lifted on a pallet speared by the forks of the front end loader and balancing whilst doing what ever it was I was doing. I assisted when he was standing on hay bales welding things and when the welding rod would drop into the bale it would catch fire.

I remember one day thinking if only it would burn him!! He would stand atop of the burning bale, swearing and yelling at me to put it out. even instructing me to grab a shovel once ( which wasn’t in the ute where he said it was) nor was there any water down there at this time so he had to pat it out with his welding gloves.. funny now sure at the time not so much. Anyway I digress, the shearing shed is now complete and looks great, there is even a toilet and shower down there (not hot water though) privacy under work health and safety to provide workers with these options.

The sheep are Dorpers and though can self shed, we have ones which do need shearing and they are very bare after the event. Shearing is done or many a different reason, to sell the wool clip, to prevent sheep getting fly blown and the wool can become over grown and heavy. Here is one of the shearers ‘Matt” shearing at the start of the day.