The highlight of the Grindon working calendar is shearing time.
Shearing commences in mid June and takes about four weeks. Excellent shearers, all regular Show shearers, are employed, and an excellent job is done with great pride and satisfaction. Five shearers work when there are ewes being shorn and six for the wethers. Only two to three bales of locks are produced out of around 220 bales.
Wool is expertly prepared by dedicated wool handlers on two wool tables. They have developed skills and a system over many years, where each fleece is lightly but thoroughly skirted. Backs, britches and necks are removed as required and placed into separate lines before the main fleece is rolled and classed according to a pre-tested micron as well as strength, length and style.
The wool is then pressed and stored ready for shipment by road train to Newcastle after shearing.