Farmer Focus: Shearing comp highlights wool’s problems – Farmers Weekly

As I write this week’s article, I’m within the remaining phases of organising the annual faculty shearing contest, Cneifio Llysfasi Shears.

Cneifio Llysfasi is a particular competitors that has been working for about 30 years. It offers a way of nostalgia for a lot of who compete, in addition to the spectators.

The occasion offers a superb alternative to meet up with previous pals, which is very wanted contemplating the competitors has been on maintain for a few years due to Covid-19 laws.

See additionally: Traceable wool scheme launched to assist safe worth premiums

About the creator

Joe Mault

Livestock Farmer Focus author

The Mault household runs 850 business ewes and 60 suckler cows throughout 155ha (383 acres) close to Corwen, North Wales. The farm produces Beltex and Charollais prime lambs and Charollais cross retailer cattle and Joe additionally works as a lecturer at an area faculty.


Although the duty for the competitors falls to me, there’s a nice workforce effort behind the scenes, and I’m really grateful for all the assistance and help.

While I don’t personally shear, I’m in complete admiration of the rivals. Not solely are they expert of their occupation, however the health required to be a prime competitor has been in contrast with working a marathon.

Those who journey from present to point out competing remind me of horse jockeys travelling the nation, racetrack to racetrack, to fulfil their adrenaline wants. I think about shearing competitions can have the same impact.

The competitions are actually well-liked with spectators, too – you solely want to go to the Royal Welsh shearing shed on a Wednesday afternoon to see the ocean of individuals watching and cheering on their favorite shearer or wool handler. The ambiance is electrical.

However, amid all this pleasure is a big elephant (or sheep?) within the room. The product that’s being produced from these shearing occasions is virtually nugatory.

Last 12 months, the wool worth was so poor we didn’t even trouble to take it to the native British Wool depot, because the diesel value to move it might have eroded proportion of any earnings.

British Wool should even have issues in regards to the state of affairs, as we obtained a cellphone name to ask if we had taken it someplace else.

It beggars perception that we now have a comparatively well-liked sport that all the time attracts a crowd and a product that ticks so many sustainability bins, however nonetheless has so little worth.

Solutions are diverse. Some consultants counsel we want extra creativity with the top product so as to add worth, or we have to make fundamental wool merchandise extra well-liked. How to do that, although, is the problem.

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