Robot Sheep Shearing: How They Do It

Submitted by: Effigy 7 years ago Science

This robot clipped 400 fleeces between 1985 and 1993 at the Uni of Western Australia. No need for hand-held sheers.
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Male 25,416
Ha ha ha , shepherd didnt delete his post. We all saw it, shepherd is a dumba** , Proud to be an aussie.
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Male 382
hahaha, terminator is peeling a sheep. 8D

It looks like a frozen chicken drumstick at 3:14.

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Male 133
So, instead of using your arm to hold the electric thingy, use a robot. At least put some lasers or something on it, geez. Money = Laziness.
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Male 845
it would take more time to strap the sheep in than shear it normally. smart technology but its a kinda fail with a bit of animal cruelty as well
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Male 15,832
shepherd, this took place in Australia.

If I were you, I`d hit Delete Post before too many people saw it. If you do that, I`ll do the same.

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Male 108
That is sick.
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Male 137
THIS IS REAL??????????? bloddy lazy ass americans....no wonder u are all fat
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Male 10,440
A laithe? Nah, that would be cruel.
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Male 414
Boo when I saw the beginning of this clip I thought it would just spin round, like on a lathe and the blade would come in and shear it
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Male 8,302
> Agentk120
> 8 years and 400 sheep? I bet a decent shearer could turn out more sheep than that in a month

LOL weren`t raised on a farm, were you? In 1892, Jackie Howe shore 321 in 7 hours 40 minutes, using traditional shears (that is, like scissors, not machine-operated). The week before he also set a weekly record by shearing 1,437 sheep in 44.5 hours.

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Male 510
8 years and 400 sheep? That seems entirely pointless. I bet a decent shearer could turn out more sheep than that in a month.
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Male 8,302
Remember when they cloned Dolly the sheep? Its a sheep. You go to any paddock, yell out "Here Darling", and 500 identical faces look at you. They`re already cloning themselves, what a waste of science!
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Male 15,832
It turns out the sheep was okay. He even made his date than night.

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Male 2,855
MrGuy
Male, 13-17, Eastern US
71 Posts Tuesday, May 05, 2009 1:38:12 PM
hahaha... Sheep bondage...

fap fap fap fap

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Male 59
I wholeheartedly agree with lemurs on this one...
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Female 385
400 hunder over that many years??? are you effing KIDDING me? people shear that many in a DAY. and btw, the sheep being Sedated doesnt make it less bad, it`s ALWAYS ALWAYS dangerous to sedate an animal, and it`s not good for them. it wreckless and stupid, and i`ve never heard of such inefficiency
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Male 1,686
how many sheep were killed in the trial runs of this, I wonder.
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Male 17,512
Have to agree, It doesn`t look very efficient a shearer doing this by hand does this much much faster.

But the fact that they have programmed a robot to do this (Without hurting the sheep) is a feat in it`s own right.

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Male 4,793
the title doesnt make sense, and this is why -_grammar nazi mode: on_- `robot sheep shearing`, this means shearing sheep of the robotic kind. because sheep is after robot, thus robot describes sheep. however, if it were `sheep shearing robot` that would make much more sense. however even that one has a minor flaw, it can be read as a sheep that is shearing a robot, but at least this one can be partly correct in the fact that `sheep shearing` can describe the robot. meh, i woulda just went with `robotic sheep shearing` aaaand end grammar nazi.
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Male 11
i imagine that`s about what sex with a robot would look like. still waiting on that clip Japan.
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Male 86
That doesn`t seem very efficient, nor does it seem fun for the sheep.
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Male 357
Yeah, they do look tasty.
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Male 1,284
beeeh beeeeeeeeh outch beeeeeeeh beeeh
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Male 106
Mmmmm rack of lamb...
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Male 2,229
nice experiment, but people do better and faster, as to reduce the stress on the animal, this sheep had been doped up to with stand this process
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Male 333
Hmmmm seems like a very over complicated way to do a job that can be done in a fraction of the time by a shearer.....on the plus side though think of all the cans of XXXX you`d be saving during his day!
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Male 5,620
sheep like to be sheared.. it makes them more comfortable in the hot weather. It feels good to them. =/

This video makes the process look really slow though.

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Male 5,190
Poor sheep. >.>
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Male 483
correct me if i`m wrong, but it looks to me like the sheep is sedated, judging by the lack of heavy breathing and the fact the sheep isn`t thrashing around. If this is the case then i can`t see it being too stressful for the sheep.

Also, this machine is obselete because people can do it much more quickly and efficiently.

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Male 191
emzrok, I would guess they tied the front and back legs together first, then stretched them out onto the machine. this is pretty neat, and I would guess that it would be just as humane as a regular shearing, I mean it looked uncomfortable, but have you ever seen an animal look comfortable while it had a loud, sharp set of shears ran across it?
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Female 1,306
mods, someone do something about hispd?
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Female 1,306
hw did they even get the sheep to stop struggling long enough to strap it in? i guess if it`s not hurting the sheep, whatever, they`re not exactly fragile animals.
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Male 418
University students with nothing better to do and a lab full of machine parts
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Male 138
hahaha... Sheep bondage...
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Male 109
and @docwatson...im impressed! good call!
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Male 109
at first i was ohhh tis not too bad, there dead sheep...holy crap it twitched!!! there doing this to live sheep....thts a lil bit....scary as hell
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Male 253
Called it!
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Male 7
thats digusting!
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Male 1,929
WTF is the point of this machine?? It takes way longer than doing it by hand and creeps out all the sheep! Even if it`s just a technical exercise, how the hell did they get permission to use it on a real sheep?? Pointless waste of good research money.
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Male 68
I don`t really see the huge improvement over doing it by hand.
also, completely drating terrifying
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Male 253
I`ll bet whoever comments right after this post says something retarded
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Male 4,807
I Crave lamb chops now !! Mmmmmm
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Male 953
WTF....That was just horrible.....
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Male 295
Imagine if it malfunctioned even slightly... ow... the pain
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Female 838
v agreed v
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Male 949
Humans suck. :\
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Female 4,039
@kingomusahi - they only do that to the bad ones.
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Male 153
That looks like the worst way to sheer a sheep.
looks traumatizing.
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Male 2,159
Dammit, I read "Robot Sheep Shearing", I expect robot sheep being sheared!!

*grumblegrumblegrumble*

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Male 13,624
Jeebus, looks like something the aliens would do to Fox Moulder, that must have terrified those sheep, just the fact they were strapped down, and that noise !!
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Male 914
400 sheep in 8 years? i`m not a speep shearing expert, but that doesn`t seem like a lot...is there more to the story we should know about??

also, i kinda felt bad for the sheep after watching this...that looked a bit "uncomfortable"...

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Female 527
Although that`s a pretty good idea, that is extremely traumatizing for that sheep. Should i tell it that it missed a spot?
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Male 151
Does not look fun for the sheep...
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Female 210
Link: Robot Sheep Shearing: How They Do It [Rate Link] - This robot clipped 400 fleeces between 1985 and 1993 at the Uni of Western Australia. No need for hand-held sheers.
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