What Happens To A Sheep That Is Not Shorn?

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Well here's your answer - meet Shrek the sheep who escaped being shorn for six long years. I guess that wool just keeps on growing....

sunnyskyz.com/blog/985/Meet-Shrek-The-Renegade-Sheep-That-Avoided-Shearing-For-Six-Years-By-Hiding-In-A-Cave
Link is dead. The article referred to an earlier article in Modern Farmer describing this case. See later post for the Modern Farmer story and photos.
 
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Awwww bless his lil woolly socks :D Bet hes cold now
 
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Awwww bless his lil woolly socks :D Bet hes cold now
You need to get the Timmy Time boxed set. I have and Ive watched every bloody episode countless times with little Bradley :mad::eek::D

"Bradley! Its Bradley, hes a little lamb with alot to learn" :drink:
 

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LOL, i will pass thanks, i can see its driven you to drink.
 

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Hes not dead, hes just found a cave with a difference :D Thats better :D
 

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Hes not dead, hes just found a cave with a difference :D Thats better :D
If it was a cave full of farting tossers, that's what killed him.
 

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Well maybe he escaped from them and is now on the lamb
 

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Ewe must be baah-my!
 

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Nah, i just talk a load of baaaallocks, now I'm feeling sheepish
 
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What happens to a sheep that is not shorn?
Ultimately? Perhaps it becomes an apprentice cloud.

Cirrocumulus, if clean. Altonimbus if muddy.

Mythical mutton meteorology, weather ewe like it or not. This board is wooly easy to spin a yarn to, could fleece the lot, baah goodness!!
 
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I hope Timmys fine too. Theres only two seasons (to my knowledge)...so I hope he didnt end up...:eek:
 

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Timmy's in the Shaun movie. He does break down in tears, which was a bit unnecessary.
 

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New sheep challenger for Shrek's woolly record
An errant Australian sheep that appeared on Wednesday wearing a mammoth coat will undergo a risky shearing operation in the hopes of saving his life.

The sheep, as yet unnamed, was found by a member of the public near Mulligan's Flat, on the outskirts of Canberra, and rescued by a team of five from the local RSPCA.

The team promptly put out an urgent call for a shearer.
 

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Just shows you how intensive farming methods can create cash... er, cash sheep (not cows). Seems cruel, definitely not natural.
 

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Feral sheep sheared of 75 pound fleece

The animal, named Baarack by rescuers, was spotted wandering in bushland in Victoria, Australia. His matted fleece — grown over at least five years — was weighing him down, blocking his vision and threatening his chances of survival.

But Edgar’s Mission, in Lancefield, took the stoic animal in and gave him a much-needed makeover.
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Ah, I see, one of those modern creatures who refuses to wear wool, claiming its `itchy`...
 

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Well here's your answer - meet Shrek the sheep who escaped being shorn for six long years. I guess that wool just keeps on growing....

sunnyskyz.com/blog/985/Meet-Shrek-The-Renegade-Sheep-That-Avoided-Shearing-For-Six-Years-By-Hiding-In-A-Cave
Link is dead. The article referred to an earlier article in Modern Farmer describing this case. See later post for the Modern Farmer story and photos.
Here's the Modern Farmer article about Shrek ...

Will a Sheep’s Wool Grow Forever?
By Jesse Hirsch on July 24, 2013
Photography by REUTERS/Simon Baker

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Take a moment to drink in the glory of Shrek the Sheep. Shrek really, really, really did not like getting his hair cut. So for six years, this New Zealand libertarian managed to avoid spring shearings by hiding in a cave.

By the time he was found in 2004, his owners couldn’t even tell he was a sheep. “He looked like some biblical creature,” John Perriam told the BBC. Or, to quote a member of Modern Farmer‘s editorial team, “Someone help that sheep, he is being eaten by some kind of dirty monster.”

When Shrek was eventually sheared (because man always triumphs over sheep), there was enough wool to produce 20 men’s suits. Just an abnormal, excessive, downright insane amount of wool. Which led us to some basic questions: If a sheep is left unshorn, will its wool grow forever? Is that healthy? Is this a glitch in the (wooly) fabric of evolution?

We turned to Dave Thomas, head of sheep studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, who patiently answered all our pressing sheep questions.

Modern Farmer: Let’s get right down to business. Will wool just keep growing and growing if humans don’t cut it off?
Dave Thomas: For domestic sheep like the Merino [Shrek’s breed], the answer is yes.

MF: So domestic sheep have evolved based on the way we groom them?
DT: That’s right. Primitive sheep like Bighorns in the West still shed most of their wool every year. And domestic sheep, the ones raised primarily for their meat, will do some shedding. But for the majority of sheep, there is continual, year-round wool growth.

MF: Shrek was obviously an extreme case, yes?
DT: It’s very rare for wool to get that long. We do hear stories from people with just a few sheep at home, who have a hard time finding a shearer. [Ed note: See related Modern Farmer story for more on that issue.] They’ll often let ’em go for two or three years.

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Shrek, shorn.​
MF: Are there potential health issues?
DT: Full fleece can be bad in very hot weather, sometimes leading to heat stress. There are also mobility issues: if a sheep with long wool lies down on a heavy incline, it can be impossible for them to roll off of their backs. In extreme cases, they can die.

MF: That’s wild. What about vision? It looked like Shrek would have a hard time seeing through that mess.
DT: That is what you would call “wool-blind,” when the sheep’s vision is actually impaired.

MF: Do most sheep hate getting sheared?
DT: Just like going to the dentist, nobody loves getting sheared. If only sheep knew how much better it makes things in the long run! It’s funny: young sheep will fight against shearing pretty hard, struggling and kicking. But older sheep are pretty docile — they know the routine, it’s not such a big deal. A good shearer will be done in three to four minutes, with no pain at all.

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