A sheep in Western Australia that hadn’t been shorn in 7 years finally got sheared, yielding 22.2 kg of wool.
Around 2015, a sheep known as “Big Sheep” by local shearers wandered into a tagasaste plantation as a lamb and, while it had been seen on previous occasions, it was not until recently that he was forced into a horse float and taken to a shearing shed.
“It was extremely surprising to us,” says farmer David Cox, considering the merino had not been handled for more than half a decade.
“They dragged him out onto the board, he was just like a big turtle, lying on his back with his feet in the air and [the shearers] took a big, deep breath and got into him,” he told ABC Rural.
“He was a lot quicker running out of the shed than running into the shed, put it that way. “