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1. The act of shearing sheep.
2. The time or season when sheep are sheared.

sheep′shear′er n.
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1. (Agriculture) the act or process of shearing sheep
2. (Agriculture) the season or an occasion of shearing sheep
3. (Agriculture) a feast held on such an occasion
ˈsheepˌshearer n
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(ˈʃipˌʃɪər ɪŋ)

1. an act or instance of shearing sheep.
2. the time or season of shearing sheep.
sheep′shear`er, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sheepshearing - the time or season when sheep are sheared
season - a period of the year marked by special events or activities in some field; "he celebrated his 10th season with the ballet company"; "she always looked forward to the avocado season"
2.sheepshearing - a festival held at the time sheep are normally sheared
festival, fete - an organized series of acts and performances (usually in one place); "a drama festival"
3.sheepshearing - act of shearing sheep
shearing - removing by cutting off or clipping
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The tent holds all kinds of rural novelties around these parts: hatching chicks, woodworking, sheepshearing demonstrations and calves from Century Acres Dairy Farm.
Families will flock to Echt Show throughout today for a variety of attractions, including tractor displays and sheepshearing demonstrations.
THIS Bank Holiday weekend, sheepshearing gets underway at the awardwinning Hall Hill Farm near Lanchester in County Durham The popular Durham attraction, which recently received the silver award in Best Small Visitor Attraction in England, is inviting its visitors to enjoy a demonstration of the traditional skill of sheep-shearing today and tomorrow with demonstrations at regular intervals starting from noon.
There will be performances from the Morris men, a brass band, a sheepshearing display as well as a gun dog display and a raffle.
There are activities and shows throughout the year, from milking demonstrations to a chance to watch sheepshearing. The site has a play area, a cafe serving homemade cakes, lunches and snacks, and a wildlife walk which takes in a Bronze Age burial ground.
On Sunday the town's mart will host sheepshearing demonstrations, pony rides, bouncy castles, dog-agility demonstrations and craft stalls.
He said Evans had been sheepshearing with his father and had been to a singing lesson and was on his way from Rhydymain to Gellilydan to see a friend.
Brian Rudman, a columnist on the New Zealand Herald newspaper, wrote that instead of showcasing the sophisticated culture, dining and fashion of Auckland, the event would have portrayed the city as a sheepshearing village "on steroids".
Attractions include sheepshearing, brass bands, stalls and a bouncy castle.
Each year the sanctuary sponsors a sheepshearing open house.