Automatic sheep shearing machine - video

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Automatic sheep shearing machine - video

Like a medieval torture implement this automatic sheep shearing machine is just macabre in its sheep shearing. Not only does it look really frightening to be a sheep in it, its just so slow!

This robot clipped around 400 fleeces between 1985 and 1993 at the University of Western Australia. The sheep was in its natural state, with no drugs or artificial means of keeping it still. In over 1000 tests with this robot, only a few sheep were seriously injured, and there were many times fewer skin cuts than human shearers inflict because the robot could react in thousandths of a second.

This was research sponsored by Australian wool growers and the government.



Here is how it should be done, far more comfortable for the sheep and far more swifter for the shearer.

By netchicken: posted on 6-5-2009








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