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Date: 05/05/09 12:28 PM

54 Responses to Robot Sheep Shearing: How They Do It

  1. Profile photo of Effigy
    Effigy Female 18-29
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    May 5, 2009 at 11:30 am
    Link: Robot Sheep Shearing: How They Do It - 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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    djlang85 Male 18-29
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    May 5, 2009 at 12:43 pm
    Does not look fun for the sheep...
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    5405841 Female 18-29
    527 posts
    May 5, 2009 at 12:44 pm
    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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    kinjomusashi Male 30-39
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    May 5, 2009 at 12:44 pm
    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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    ferdyfred Male 40-49
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    May 5, 2009 at 12:52 pm
    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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    Mikeado Male 18-29
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    May 5, 2009 at 12:59 pm
    Dammit, I read "Robot Sheep Shearing", I expect robot sheep being sheared!!

    *grumblegrumblegrumble*

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    1337_mod Male 13-17
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    May 5, 2009 at 1:02 pm
    That looks like the worst way to sheer a sheep.
    looks traumatizing.
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    Oystah Female 40-49
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    May 5, 2009 at 1:02 pm
    @kingomusahi - they only do that to the bad ones.
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    Slade8 Male 18-29
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    May 5, 2009 at 1:05 pm
    Humans suck. :\
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    pixiechick81 Female 30-39
    838 posts
    May 5, 2009 at 1:09 pm
    v agreed v
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    Eldricht Male 18-29
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    May 5, 2009 at 1:16 pm
    Imagine if it malfunctioned even slightly... ow... the pain
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    donthaveone Male 30-39
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    May 5, 2009 at 1:19 pm
    WTF....That was just horrible.....
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    a1butcher Male 40-49
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    May 5, 2009 at 1:20 pm
    I Crave lamb chops now !! Mmmmmm
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    docwatson Male 18-29
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    May 5, 2009 at 1:23 pm
    I`ll bet whoever comments right after this post says something retarded
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    daruiz Male 18-29
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    May 5, 2009 at 1:26 pm
    I don`t really see the huge improvement over doing it by hand.
    also, completely drating terrifying
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    TopperHey Male 18-29
    1930 posts
    May 5, 2009 at 1:28 pm
    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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    Aufgehorcht Male 18-29
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    May 5, 2009 at 1:28 pm
    thats digusting!
  18. Profile photo of docwatson
    docwatson Male 18-29
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    May 5, 2009 at 1:34 pm
    Called it!
  19. Profile photo of Fishmanjo
    Fishmanjo Male 18-29
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    May 5, 2009 at 1:35 pm
    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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    Fishmanjo Male 18-29
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    May 5, 2009 at 1:36 pm
    and @docwatson...im impressed! good call!
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    MrGuy Male 18-29
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    May 5, 2009 at 1:38 pm
    hahaha... Sheep bondage...
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    excelman Male 30-39
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    May 5, 2009 at 1:49 pm
    University students with nothing better to do and a lab full of machine parts
  23. Profile photo of emzrok
    emzrok Female 13-17
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    May 5, 2009 at 1:49 pm
    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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    emzrok Female 13-17
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    May 5, 2009 at 1:50 pm
    mods, someone do something about hispd?
  25. Profile photo of quentinb
    quentinb Male 18-29
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    May 5, 2009 at 2:25 pm
    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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    thestringy Male 18-29
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    May 5, 2009 at 2:53 pm
    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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    elkingo Male 30-39
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    May 5, 2009 at 3:19 pm
    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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    OhNoFrodo Male 30-39
    333 posts
    May 5, 2009 at 3:25 pm
    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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    BrimstoneOne Male 30-39
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    May 5, 2009 at 3:29 pm
    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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    zoneking Male 30-39
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    May 5, 2009 at 3:54 pm
    Mmmmm rack of lamb...
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    Crabes Male 30-39
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    May 5, 2009 at 4:02 pm
    beeeh beeeeeeeeh outch beeeeeeeh beeeh
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    slugs Male 30-39
    357 posts
    May 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm
    Yeah, they do look tasty.
  33. Profile photo of Clorow
    Clorow Male 18-29
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    May 5, 2009 at 4:27 pm
    That doesn`t seem very efficient, nor does it seem fun for the sheep.
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    tanto Male 18-29
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    May 5, 2009 at 4:40 pm
    i imagine that`s about what sex with a robot would look like. still waiting on that clip Japan.
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    TKD_Master Male 18-29
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    May 5, 2009 at 4:51 pm
    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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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17514 posts
    May 5, 2009 at 4:52 pm
    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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    earthshone Male 18-29
    1688 posts
    May 5, 2009 at 4:53 pm
    how many sheep were killed in the trial runs of this, I wonder.
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    lemurs366 Female 18-29
    385 posts
    May 5, 2009 at 5:05 pm
    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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    Pijamas Male 18-29
    59 posts
    May 5, 2009 at 6:16 pm
    I wholeheartedly agree with lemurs on this one...
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    Quackor Male 18-29
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    May 5, 2009 at 8:34 pm
    MrGuy
    Male, 13-17, Eastern US
    71 Posts Tuesday, May 05, 2009 1:38:12 PM
    hahaha... Sheep bondage...

    fap fap fap fap

  41. Profile photo of OldOllie
    OldOllie Male 60-69
    15841 posts
    May 5, 2009 at 9:04 pm
    It turns out the sheep was okay. He even made his date than night.

  42. Profile photo of Lionhart2
    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
    8306 posts
    May 5, 2009 at 9:16 pm
    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!
  43. Profile photo of Agentk120
    Agentk120 Male 18-29
    510 posts
    May 5, 2009 at 10:45 pm
    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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    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
    8306 posts
    May 5, 2009 at 11:08 pm
    > 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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    barrooo Male 30-39
    414 posts
    May 6, 2009 at 12:04 am
    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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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
    10441 posts
    May 6, 2009 at 4:45 am
    A laithe? Nah, that would be cruel.
  47. Profile photo of shepherd
    shepherd Male 30-39
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    May 6, 2009 at 7:38 am
    THIS IS REAL??????????? bloddy lazy ass americans....no wonder u are all fat
  48. Profile photo of Pyroo
    Pyroo Male 18-29
    108 posts
    May 6, 2009 at 7:54 am
    That is sick.
  49. Profile photo of OldOllie
    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    May 6, 2009 at 8:58 am
    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.

  50. Profile photo of Binary101
    Binary101 Male 13-17
    845 posts
    May 6, 2009 at 9:11 am
    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
  51. Profile photo of Luistom
    Luistom Male 18-29
    133 posts
    May 6, 2009 at 4:20 pm
    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.
  52. Profile photo of dairy
    dairy Male 18-29
    382 posts
    May 6, 2009 at 5:03 pm
    hahaha, terminator is peeling a sheep. 8D

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

  53. Profile photo of Fatninja01
    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    May 6, 2009 at 11:16 pm
    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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