“Cut out” is a farming term meaning that describes the end of shearing in a woolshed. This is when the shearing board has gone quiet and the shearers have packed up their gear. The rousies have hung up their brooms. And the pressers have stencilled up the last bale.
It’s always a good feeling to finish up 2 weeks of solid work, usually hot, always dusty, so the team sit around the loading ramp and have a few beers and tell a few yarns.
This year the shearing team consisted of (in all important Shed Rank!) –
Farmer: Dave Dennis (benched half way through with a dodgey back)
Woolclasser: Wendy Dennis
Shearer: Ra, who left Gisbourne in New Zealand to work in sheds around the world and has been in the Otway Plains area for 6 months.
Rouseabout: Picking up fleeces, penning sheep and skirting on the table this year was Ra’s girlfriend Jamie, also from NZ.
Ra has been in enough sheds to know that the day goes much quicker with good tunes. He certianly brought a bit of funk to the shed this year – the ewes especially enjoyed a bit of Tracey Chapman while they got their hair done!
Shed Boy: With Dave out of action, Al Dennis had to step in as Chief of Sheep Coats. This job was always reserved for whichever kid was home from school on holidays. It wasn’t necessarily the preferred holidy past-time. Al is back from his home in Tanzania, so he got the time-honoured tradition of being Chief of Sheep Coats this year. You can see how clean the fleeces are under the coats.
Tarndie Polwarth Wool – this year brought to you by…
It was cut out today at Tarndie, which means we now have a bounty of fresh, beautiful fleece ready to be turned into much-loved garments.
We’ll soon post some images of fleeces, but this one was an absolute stand out!