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How NZ Farmers Shear 25,000 Sheep In 10 Days | Big Business





Wool was once one of New Zealand’s most exported products. But thanks to trade wars and synthetic fabrics, wool prices have plummeted. It’s left farmers with bales of wool they can’t sell and herds they can barely afford to shear. Some farmers are stockpiling wool. Some are turning to forestry and getting out of wool altogether. Business Insider follows the owners of Ruanui Station as they shear their 25,000 sheep and fight to keep New Zealand’s wool industry alive.

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How NZ Farmers Shear 25,000 Sleep In 10 Days | Big Business

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  1. Did you just censor the word heck?

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  2. Is it not possible to divert some of the wool content to yarn production? I know a lot of dyers have had a hard time getting ahold of their bare yarn during the pandemic.

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  3. Don’t forget to peel your sheeps!

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  4. POV: You’re scrolling through the comments trying to find malding animal activists

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  5. I have known this. An Australian Woollen spinning mill was bought and moved to Indonesia by our Owners.
    Alternatively,AFFORDABLE clothing and furnishing ,at non Aussie/NZ prices should be produced and sold to CSSR,EEurope,Iran etc

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  6. How about then not selling to a communist, human rights violator like the Chinese government and offer to sell directly to North America??

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  7. Soooooo essentially this animal genus will go extinct immediately after us lmao. weird.

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  8. Those dogs have their dream job.

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  9. Stop hurting these awesome animals, stop being ignorant and leave them alone, if it doesn’t harm them then why did that one kid have blood all over his shirt smh, ignorance!!!

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  10. Most kiwi accents possible.

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  11. I'll buy wool sweaters. Gimme!

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  12. I’m not sure how id feel after sheering thousands of sheep 😂

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  13. I can’t explain how much I LOVE wool clothing … I don’t know why people don’t buy it enough

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  14. That’s the weak way to sheer my family still uses tijeras.

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  15. That’s a lot of trump supporters

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  16. I really dislike synthetic fibers anyway. To hell with plastic ffs

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  17. Plus Recycle Wool another factor not mentioned on fabrics, sweaters, rugs, etc.

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  18. My back hurts just watching them shear.

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  19. Still allergic to wool 🤧🤧

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  20. Animal cruelty

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  21. Nobody should support big businesses.

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  22. The story of most of NZ's former glory industries, wood, meat, fish, etc. Used to sell finished products, closed all those processing plants and sold raw materials, and now they're not needed either. Hell, half the industries killed themselves when they sold livestock to customer who used to buy processed meat.

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  23. India needs to get its shyt together to counter balance china before africa are ready.. it's so frustrating to see the opportunity india is missing on!

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  24. Sell it as insulation, hard to find it in Australia

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  25. someone should start an anti-artificial movement, for everything.

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  26. I’m hoping they get through this and that everything turns out good. It would help a lot if we used natural fibers rather than synthetic ones.

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  27. they literally state their problem themselves. "it's too expensive for the average person"

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  28. I don't understand Farenhert please use celcius as well

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  29. Does 25,000 in 10 days sound better then 2,500 a day?

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  30. bro that dog was having the time of his life hahahahaha

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  31. Habibis…. Mark my words human civilization has done much damage to earth 🌍 don't discourage farmers and this industry. This is the best way we're working in a cycle with nature without hurting it. I can't believe scientists can be so dumb?? Just because they developed some cheaper product on the cost of environment???

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  32. Weird how some people prefer the cheap stuff rather then getting the real deal

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  33. This is very confusing because in organic Farming you use Sheep wool as fertilizer for the field. And this had become very expensive in Europe.

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  34. Sell in india

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  35. SYNTHETIC FIBERS ARE POISONOUS TO HUMANS

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  36. Synthetic fibers should be banned

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  37. I know they know what they are doing, but each time I feel bad for the sheep

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  38. Sounds like there is a huge opportunity for any US entrepreneurs to get into the textile space.

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  39. I love wool. It's sad to see that the world is going to synthetic fiber which is terrible for the environment
    Ps wool is also a great material if your allergic to dust 🙂

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  40. Wool/Merino wool are awesome, if ur not willing to drop the price somewhat, ur gonna end up in the same predicament. Clothing made of wool is just too expensive n the middle class can't afford it.

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  41. R.I.P sheep industry.
    The present days will never be the same as before.

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  42. Id totally support these farmers.. the corona virus has affected so many businesses making each small business fall apart. If these guys got an online store id totally buy a new Rug from these guys

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  43. crypto

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  44. the thumbnail looks like he’s trying to frick a sheep

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  45. Imagine if there was a species that viewed us with the same significance as we view animals. Kept us fenced in and herded for our hair. This is the stuff I think about when I see people saying how Michael Vick is evil. I don’t condone animal abuse but it’s a very hypocritical thing to say he should go to prison but somehow the hundreds of thousands of animals we use to service our various needs, that’s perfectly fine.

    Don’t get me wrong I eat meat and wear clothes but I’m under no illusion about how messed up it is. If you think it’s “humane” the way we treat those animals, just ask yourself if you would want to live that way. Better yet that dog that’s like your child, would you want that for them?

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  46. sounds to me like there needs to be some manufacturing started up in new zealand.. be known for more than The Lord of the Rings

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  47. MURRAY? PRESENT.

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  48. I’m still a kid but my mum and dad are sheep farmers in NZ (:

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  49. Sad. A world of fake artificial faces and soul.

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  50. Can I get some wool?

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