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Slick shearing cattle
« on: June 09, 2010, 02:17:10 PM »
Just wondering what the best way is to go about slick shearing,if anyone had any diagrams or advice that would be great.
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Re: Slick shearing cattle
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2010, 03:23:12 PM »
Just wondering what the best way is to go about slick shearing,if anyone had any diagrams or advice that would be great.
If you check out our blog, you will find a pictorial on shearing. The demonstration does not show how to slick shear for a show though.

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Re: Slick shearing cattle
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2010, 03:50:40 PM »
Direction matters, right? Depending on how tight you want to get it, like the Texas slick shows require such and such amount. I would be lying if I told you which was which. I try to put my cattle shearing days behind me and my shins appreciate that!

Use your head, go slow and be careful are my number one suggestions. Don't try to slick wet ones. We always dipped blades in transmition oil, the red stuff.

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Re: Slick shearing cattle
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2010, 04:13:17 PM »
As far as Texas goes, 1/4 inch is our rule which means not much.  The easiest way to do it in my opinion is to get "Texas" blades for the old Shearmaster clippers from Sullivans.  Direction doesn't matter much and it all has to come off.  You pretty much have to go completely against the grain of the hair to get it all.  Lines disappear after 2-3 days.  Some guys are doing it now with the little Andis clippers using T-84 blades.  Typically they'll do it a week early and let it grow out a little.  You can buy other Andis blades of various length to adjust to your preference.  The T-84s are a little short for my taste.

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Re: Slick shearing cattle
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2010, 10:07:42 PM »
Thank you for all the advice! (clapping)

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Re: Slick shearing cattle
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2010, 10:14:20 PM »
Don't forget to make sure your kid gets the opportunity to practice clipping on the calf before the hair gets cut off.

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Re: Slick shearing cattle
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2010, 11:46:28 PM »
If it was a long haired calf, we usually shaved all the hair down one day and then on the next day shaved what was left up.

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Re: Slick shearing cattle
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2014, 10:24:04 PM »
The boy I helped this year is taking his second steer to a small county fair, it is slick, do you clip the whole steer down, legs, belly tail?

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Re: Slick shearing cattle
« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2014, 12:26:04 PM »
Ya, do you do everything? My boy has a steer that has little to no hair what so ever. The hair he has IMO actually hurts him more than helping him.  He is yellow and I think slick shearing him would really make him look good, but never done it before. 

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Re: Slick shearing cattle
« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2014, 12:48:29 PM »
We use lister legand clippers with a whal cover cote blade on the entire steer. the cutting depth is .18 "

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Re: Slick shearing cattle
« Reply #10 on: July 29, 2014, 09:52:30 AM »
Do you even have to buzz off the switch and tail hair? I would think that this would be ugly on Char X cattle, like a rat tail.
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Re: Slick shearing cattle
« Reply #11 on: July 29, 2014, 09:54:50 AM »
You can leave I think a foot of tail hair and the switch.
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Re: Slick shearing cattle
« Reply #12 on: July 29, 2014, 10:06:46 AM »
Our rules say we can leave 10 inches of the tail switch

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Re: Slick shearing cattle
« Reply #13 on: July 29, 2014, 11:04:36 AM »
I'd like to see all cattle shown slick shared- evaluate the animal on his own merit.
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Re: Slick shearing cattle
« Reply #14 on: July 29, 2014, 01:06:10 PM »
Or people just need to work Harder to grow hair and not complain when all they do is dump feed and haul to a show. Slick shear shows don't make it any easier to judge cattle all it's to do is "even" the field.
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