We have visited the Yallingup Shearing Shed a few times over the years, it is well worth a visit to show young city children the workings of an Australian Sheep farm.
Yallingup Shearing Shed is an actual working sheep farm in Yallingup and has 4000 sheep. The farmer has successfully developed a tourist side to his farm as well that enables families to see the workings of a sheep farm.
The farmer runs a show at 11am daily which run for around 90 minutes or so and is very educational and very well priced. The gentleman himself is great with the children, very knowledgeable and also has a great sense of humour and this makes for a great informative fun show.
The show begins by the farmer getting a couple of young lads from the audience helping him bring some sheep in and he gets them to hold them in position for him. He talks a little about the history of sheep in Australia and the history and process of shearing. He then proceeds to shear a sheep for the audience. He then involves more of the audience in sweeping sorting grading and packing the wool.
He then sends everybody outside and demonstrates his two sheepdogs to the audience his Border Collie who rounds up the sheep and “Bruce” the Red Kelpie who musters them. He also talks about the tags on their ears and a few other things.
He then takes the older children 9 and above aside and gets everybody else to go back inside. He brings the older children inside and jokes with them he is going to get buckets for them to collect manure as they sell that also, nothing goes to waste on the farm, as the children squirm he brings in the lambs and milk bottles and the children are given the opportunity to bottle feed the lambs.
Afterwards, all of the children are given opportunities to cuddle, pat or hold lambs.
At the end of the show, all children are given a piece of wool to take home as a souvenir.
There are pellets of food for sale for $1 if children wish to hand feed older sheep.
There are numerous handmade wool products for sale in the store on the farm.
A great informative show for families well worth a visit.
There are LIVE shows displaying first hand, the amazing experience of shearing, educational activities for the whole family and the famous sheep-dogs in action mustering and working the sheep. Bottle feeding the baby lambs is one of the highlights of the show…. $10 for adults and $5 for children (age 2-16) SHOW TIMES are at 11am. 5 DAYS A WEEK.
NO LIVE SHOWS on Thursdays or Fridays (all year round). During the whole month of AUGUST there will be NO Shearing Demonstrations
Find out more www.margaretriver.com/members/yallingup-shearing-shed/
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