We’ve been shearing all day, every day for six weeks. So it’s with a great big sigh of relief and sense of accomplishment that we waved goodbye to the first half of our wool this week!
After the wool has been sheared, classed and packed into bales we’ve been storing them at the back of the shearing shed. Slowly watching the bales add up, until finally the back of the shed was just bursting with over 100 bales.
But now the hard work really starts, as loading these big woolly beauties is quite a physical task!
Luckily the team is strong. I think my tea-time biscuits have something to do with that…
But it’s not all serious work around here.
Some of us even dressed up for the occasion.
These guys are fresh off the press. All pearly white, and feeling fresh as a daisy just in time for Summer.
We let them out batch by batch so they can get back to some very important grazing.
With a little help from Betty of course…
A specially-designed truck comes to collect the wool bales direct from our shed, and transports them all the way to Port Elizabeth where they get sold directly to the wool buyers at the annual wool sale who come from all over the world, later on this month.
So one by one these giant bales get loaded up. First the truck gets filled up.
Then the trailer.
Hubberoo has the all-important task of recording each bale that gets loaded, with the class of the wool contents. 116 bales to be exact.
FIL has the all-important task of keeping the pooches from getting squashed under the wheels of the truck and trailer as they were reversing.
Then finally they were off!
See you later this month at the annual wool sale!