The annual Sheep Shearing Day was held on the 3rd December 2021.

Sheep Shearing Day 2021

Report from Randal Repetto. Photos from Kelly Green & Shirley Swain

Sheep Shearing was held on Friday 3rd of December 2021. It was a lovely day and the children were very excited as it was Sheep Shearing Day! Everyone (mainly the children) enjoyed running and chasing, trying to catch the sheep and lambs. They then had the very tricky task of bringing them to the individual family pens, hoping they didn't get away. Everyone enjoyed their day out, and afterwards families gathered to have braais and relax after a hard day of chasing and shearing sheep.

View of bakkies and activity around the sheep pen

View of bakkies and activity around the sheep pen

Penned sheep waiting to be sheared Shearing a sheep with hand clippers
Penned sheep waiting to be sheared Shearing a sheep with hand clippers

Penned sheep being sheared

Sheep being attended to in the family pens. Photo: Fiona Kilpatrick

Ches Lavarello viewing penned sheep AI Ram
Supervising! The island's AI ram. Photo: Neil Swain

Head of Agriculture, Neil Swain adds: Our one AI Ram (shown above right) is thanks to good work from Gavin Jack, a farmer who last year came all the way from Australia to revisit Tristan. As a young farmer at the start of his career, aged 22, Gavin worked on the island from 1972 to 1976.

Black sheep makes a break Shearing sheep Shearing a sheep with hand clippers

Scenes around the sheep pens

Penned sheep By a sheep pen The social side of sheep shearing