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Shearing: An industry of change

Article first appeared in The Southland Times on 7 January

It's not a calling which beckons a lot of people, but for those who are drawn to the buzzing of clippers sliding their way over a sheep, shearing is a craft they are dedicated to.

Sheep numbers peaked in the early 80s at 70 million, but in recent years that number has dropped closer to 30 million.

As the sheep numbers have declined, so have the numbers of people shearing them.

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