Charles Ross>ISM Walk & Talk Interviews>Ross, Charles, Section 1


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Charles demonstrates trimming a sheep with hand shears. He explains that blankets are put on sheep until they are shown to keep them from getting dirty. Hairspray is used to keep the wool straight and give it a nice straight look. When a sheep is first trimmed they might have an inch of wool on them and electric trimmers are originally used to save time. Trimming the wool does not bother the sheep or make them cold, their body temperature is regulated by fat. Charles talks about learning to give the sheep the right look and using the clippers.
Wool breeds are judged by their wool grade. The more crinks in the wool, the better and stronger the wool is. Montadales are raised for meat because they have dense wool. Corriedales and Columbias are wool breeds. It takes about thirty five minutes to trim the sheep for the show.