Note: It is best to do the shearing before the mother ewe lambs, but not to close to lambing as to risk the stress of the "wool cut" causing premature labor. That is why plans are in the making to get the job done right.
Although the shears themselves are made in Switzerland ("Shearing Capital of the World" From Wikipedia), the Andis Corporation is based right here in WI! (Racine County)
This shears is heavy! Perhaps that's why they call it heavy-duty. Good thing Farmer Pat has muscles. :)
But, in all seriousness, sheep shears have to be of good quality to do a clean accurate job. Have you seen the wool on an unshorn ewe or ram?
On Wednesday, March 21st, watch WGBA NBC26 at 6:50 AM to see a short sheep shearing demo on Bonnie's Barnyard. Don't worry if you don't get Green Bay stations in your area or you're not an early riser. I'll be sure to post a link to the program here. Stay tuned...