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Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Dylan's Haircut

Dylan patiently queued all day for his turn to be shorn. He is a Southdown, a now rare breed of sheep. Bred for maximum wool and meat with minimal waste. This beautiful thick fleece that Dylan is being relieved off has a market value of 45p per kilo. His, thicker than most, is around 3 kilos. Farmers are turning to breeds that malt rather than require shearing. Shearers are better off becoming bankers.

Spitalfields City farm aims to protect many of the UK's endangered indigenous farm animals. Goats, pigs, chickens, donkeys to name a few. They have loads of fun and educational activities. The mainly volunteers who run the farm rely on donations.

7 comments:

Steffe said...

Do you sponsor Dylan now?

Jenny Woolf said...

Nice story to accompany the photo.

John said...

I thought I was going to see the Sleepy Rabbit out of Magic Roundabout.

Tanya said...

it's amazing how easy they make that look!

Adullamite said...

Excellent story/pic.

Luis Gomez said...

Love it!

Jack said...

Most interesting, Mo. You know a bit about sheep and other farm animals.

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