The annual ritual of sheep washing

Giving the sheep their bath before shearing was a job facing most farms as May 24 came around. And often the job fell to the kids


May 24 was always a good day for washing sheep. The kids were out of school and could be counted on to help drive the sheep to the creek or the pond. And it was often the kids who went into the icy water to deliver the scrub to the woolly creatures.

The washing was an annual ritual which preceded shearing. The cleaner the fleece, the better the price.

Better Farming - June/July 2011