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Annual Ewe Shearing at Lake Heron

The Lake Heron merino ewes have all been shorn and the trucks have left to start the journey to Icebreaker.

As the wool comes off the sheep’s back, it is classed into various lines according to fibre diameter, length and strength. The wool classing is a family tradition and Bob Todhunter has been classing the “Lake Heron clip” for many years. Bob has a keen interest in the resulting wool, as he and son Ben, breed the rams  for the station.

The wool press is shown here compacting the wool fibre into bales of 180-190kgs – a convenient weight for shipment. Next time you purchase an Icebreaker garment, check out the “Baa” code to trace the origins of the fibre – it may be from here!