Shearing Sheep for 2015 Armadillo Merino®

It's Wool Week at Armadillo Merino®. We are celebrating the start of the merino fibre journey before its leaves this New Zealand sheep station to make its way onto the backs of professional risk takers operating around the world.The purple theme? That's your reassurance in the integrity of Armadillo Merino® clothing.
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The handpiece - an extension of the shearers hand

The handpiece - an extension of the shearers hand

The shearers comb. An essential part of the shearers handpiece helping to position the wool fibres for the cutter.

The shearers comb. An essential part of the shearers handpiece helping to position the wool fibres for the cutter.

The shearer.  Hundreds of sheep are shorn every day. These talented athletes can shear over 200 sheep a day.

The shearer. Hundreds of sheep are shorn every day. These talented athletes can shear over 200 sheep a day.

Wool pressers. Each fleece is placed into large bales and then pressed prior to shipping

Each fleece is placed into large bales and then pressed prior to shipping

Sheep dogs.  You couldn't farm merino in these mountainous areas without sheep dogs.

You couldn't farm merino in these mountainous areas without sheep dogs.

Team work. Shearers, wool handlers, classers and pressers. All skillful operators with important roles that help make the shearing gang sing

Shearers, wool handlers, classers and pressers. All skillful operators with important roles that help make the shearing gang sing

Throwing the fleece.  Every single fleece is checked, skirted and classed according to its properties.

Throwing the fleece. Every single fleece is checked, skirted and classed according to its properties.

Another photo from Matt Smith's world record. 731 ewes in 9 hours. One sheep shorn every 44 seconds! Armadillo Merino® are proud to have supported Matt's effort and his team of supporters. Photo credit: @emilyfleurphotography

Another photo from Matt Smith's world record. 731 ewes in 9 hours. One sheep shorn every 44 seconds! Armadillo Merino® are proud to have supported Matt's effort and his team of supporters.

Station brands.   Merinos are farmed on sheep stations. The stations are branded (like Earnscleugh Station) helping owners build a reputation for the quality of their merino fibre.

Merinos are farmed on sheep stations. The stations are branded (like Earnscleugh Station) helping owners build a reputation for the quality of their merino fibre.

Quality marques. ZQ Merino - your guarantee of quality and integrity Armadillo Merino® - built for professionals

ZQ Merino - your guarantee of quality and integrity Armadillo Merino® - built for professionals

The shearing shed This facility is used once a year for shearing. From behind these walls the best wools in the world are harvested

The shearing shed This facility is used once a year for shearing. From behind these walls the best wools in the world are harvested

The shearing gang Fit, fast and focused on delivering the best quality merino fibre to the market. Looking good in their Armadillo Merino® shirts

The shearing gang Fit, fast and focused on delivering the best quality merino fibre to the market. Looking good in their Armadillo Merino® shirts

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