Sheep Shearing Contest | Iowa State Fair 2012


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§ I ALWAYS LIKE TO SAY THE FIRST
10,000 ARE THE HARDEST WHEN YOU'RE LEARNING TO SHEAR A
SHEEP, AND THAT'S JUST ABOUT TRUE.
AFTER 10,000, THEN YOU CAN KIND OF QUALIFY YOURSELF AS A
SHEARER. §§
YOU HAVE TO CONTROL THAT SHEEP WITH YOUR FEET, LEGS, AND YOUR
LEFT HAND, IF YOU'RE A RIGHT-HANDED SHEARER.
THAT LEAVES YOUR HAND FREE TO SHEAR, SEE.
YOU HAVE TO MANEUVER THAT SHEEP AROUND.
THAT SHEEP HAS NOT BEEN SHEARED MAYBE BEFORE, AND THEY DON'T
REMEMBER FROM TIME TO TIME WHEN THEY ARE SHEARED AND THEY SAY,
OH, THEY'VE BEEN SHEARED BEFORE, SO THEY KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON.
I DON'T THINK THEY REMEMBER THAT.
THEY MIGHT REMEMBER HOW TO FIGHT.
WE START WITH OUR JUNIOR DIVISION, WHICH IS A YOUNGER
SHEARERS, AND SOME OF THEM MAY HAVE A YEAR, HALF A YEAR OF
TRAINING. THEY NEED TO BE PROFICIENT
ENOUGH TO WHERE THEY'RE NOT CUTTING THE SHEEP AND THEY CAN
HANDLE THE SHEEP BEFORE THEY COME HERE TO START IN THE
SHEARING CONTEST. AS FAR AS THE INDUSTRY, THIS
REPRESENTS HOW WELL IT'S HARVESTED AND THE FACT THAT IT
DOES HAVE TO BE HARVESTED, SO WE CAN USE IT, AND ALSO TO MAKE THE
LAMBS MORE COMFORTABLE, TO MAKE IT EASIER AT BREEDING TIME AND
AT LAMBING TIME. ON TOP OF THAT, IT'S ALSO A
SHOW. IT'S HERE TO BE A SPECTACLE FOR
PEOPLE TO SEE SHEEP SHEARED, BECAUSE IT'S SOMETHING THEY
NORMALLY DON'T GET TO SEE. §§
OUR SECOND DIVISION IS OUR AMATEURS.
SOME OF THEM HAVE BEEN SHEARING FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, BUT THEY
DON'T SHEAR A LARGE NUMBER EVERY YEAR.
§§ THEY'LL SHEAR FOUR FOR A TIME
AND SCORE. AN IDEAL TIME IS SIX MINUTES FOR
FOUR SHEEP. §§
THEY'RE SCORED ON THE WAY THEY HANDLE THE SHEEP, WHETHER OR NOT
IT GETS AWAY, HOW THEY HOLD IT, IF THEY CAN KEEP IT IN CONTROL.
THERE WILL BE ONE JUDGE OUT FRONT WHO WILL ACTUALLY TAKE THE
FLEECE AFTER THEY'RE DONE, AND HE'LL SHAKE IT, BECAUSE YOU
DON'T WANT SECOND CUTS. IF YOU SHEAR THE SHEEP AND THEN
GO BACK AND HIT THAT SPOT AGAIN, YOU GET A REALLY SHORT PIECE OF
WOOL, WHICH IS BASICALLY NO VALUE.
AND TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY DON'T ABUSE THE SHEEP WHEN THEY'RE
SHEARING THEM. THEN THE SHEEP ARE PUT IN A PEN
BEHIND, AND THERE'S GENTLEMEN THAT GOES THROUGH AND THEY COUNT
THE NUMBER OF CUTS, THE NUMBER OF KNICKS, AND THEY SCORE THE
SHEEP FOR THE APPEARANCE -- THIS SCORING APPEARANCE.
TIME ACCOUNTS FOR ONLY 20 PERCENT OF THE SCORE.
§§ WE'VE GOT COMPETITORS HERE
THAT HAVE BEEN NATIONAL CHAMPIONS.
THEY'VE BEEN WORLD CHAMPIONS. WE HAVE COMPETITORS HERE THAT
HAVE SHEARED IN NEW ZEALAND AND IN AUSTRALIAN CONTESTS.
IOWA REALLY HAS A GOOD SET OF SHEARERS.
I USED TO COME HERE WITH MY ANDERSON: GRANDFATHER WHEN I WAS A TODDLER
AND WATCH HIM SHEAR IN THIS COMPETITION, AND THAT GOT ME
INTERESTED IN SHEARING SHEEP. IN OUR FAMILY, THERE'S BEEN
THREE GENERATIONS TO ME, AND THEN MY SON STARTED.
HE'S THE FOURTH GENERATION. I THINK IT'S A DYING THING.
THERE'S NOT THAT MUCH INTEREST ANYMORE FROM THE YOUNG KIDS, AND
IT'S GOOD TO KEEP THESE CONTESTS GOING TO SPARK INTEREST.
THIS HAS ALWAYS BEEN ONE OF THE BEST CONTESTS IN THE UNITED
STATES AND PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST IN THE WORLD.