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Shearing sheep in the Great south avenue at Wimpole which is in the far distance. The local sheep grazier who rents some of the grass grazing has to hire in shearers like this gentleman from Scotland, not many good ones around East Anglia anymore, most employed come from New Zealand and Australia. The sheep grazier man who rents these fields has a great knowledge of traditional sheep grazing and hay making. A man with his young sons that have to some extent resisted the preasures of modern farming forgoing short term profit over sustainability and the production of fine food. He normally grazes cattle in the first year, then sheep in the second and and then has a hay crop in the third. This keeps the parasitic worm level low and thus negates the need to use wormers which incidently are quite expensive and some are quite damaging to the environment especially the Avermectin grounp.
However here he can not graze cattle so only grazes sheep, two or three weeks on the pasture then they are moved to the next pasture for three weeks and the next then starts again, this also helps keep the parasitic worms at bay.
Oh yes why the 'golden fleece no more', well in the late medieval and early post medieval period wool fetch a fortune and many of the churches of England were built on the wool trade but sadly wool seems to be more of a problem because of synthetic replacements. But there is light at the end of the tunnel, for oil is were synthetic fabic is mostly made from and thats becoming much more expensive and will only go one way from now on.

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