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My Dad’s Job

My dad shearing a sheep

My dad shearing a sheep

My dad shearing a sheep

My dad shearing a sheep

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Some people have a dad who works in an office building all day or in a factory. Mine stands on a sheet of plywood and shears sheep. You may ask yourself, “What is sheep shearing?” Well, sheep shearing is a not so complicated job but it is easy to screw up. Sheep have every appendage just like you and me. They have ears and everything else, and if shearers aren’t careful they will cut them off. When someone is to shear a sheep, they are to take all the wool off the body, the neck, the head, and the belly. Normally, the wool is left below the knee on all four legs. Some breeds are different and the wool will be taken off all the legs.
This seems like a pretty simple job right? Wrong! I personally have tried to shear a sheep the way my dad does it and I fall over every time or I end up cutting the sheep. I feel it is almost impossible. However, my dad gets up there and picks up his hand piece, screws in a new comb and cutter, and starts hacking away at the wool. I really don’t know how he stands the way he does. He will sit the sheep on the butt and then stand over the top of them.
Now some of you may be thinking that he only does a few at a time and then takes a break. No, completely wrong. My dad is a machine when it comes to shearing sheep. The most he has ever done in one day is 175 sheep. We did take a few breaks but that was only when we were moving the sheep around to get new sheep, and we stopped to eat lunch.
My dad has taught me a lot from his job. He has taught me never to eat before going to do any type of physical labor. He said it was a bad idea to eat before working because I would throw up, and he also said to eat a lot afterwards because it would make you even more tired from all the hard work and the carbohydrates.
While my dad does make this look easy, he has a little bit of experience. My dad has been shearing sheep for 23 years now. He hasn’t been shearing sheep every day for that time. He actually started shearing so he could shear our own sheep and my grandma’s sheep. He slowly started to realize he liked it. So he would talk to farmers and ask them if they needed their sheep sheared. Now he never asks someone if they need their sheep sheared people are asking him to shear their sheep.
He has gone on many trips to shear sheep. He has gone out to Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Michigan, and he is hoping to go out to the Indian Reserves and shear sheep out there, but that is a very complicated process. For my dad to be able to go out to the reserves he would have to gain trust from the chief of the tribe. This is very hard to do because of the previous company that went out to the reserve. The previous company wronged them and caused them to never trust any outsider.
As you can, see my father has a very different job. He isn’t an average mechanic, a button pusher in a cubicle, or a person who works on the assembly line. He is a hard working sheep shearer and one of the fastest in the country. But most of all, he is my dad.

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