Many shows around the country require market lambs to be shown in a fleece no longer than one-fourth inch and uniform in length over the entire body, with the exception of the lower legs (below the hocks and knees) and the top of the head and face, which may be longer. The main reason for slick shearing is to place emphasis on conformation of the lamb. In addition, many judges prefer lambs to be “slick-shorn”, or shorn within three to four days of the show or during the show. “Slick shearing” lambs for show requires more than simply shearing them. These animals will be in the public eye and evaluated for market quality. For these reasons, it is important that lambs are “slick-sheared” uniformly without nicks or cuts.
Typical market lambs receiving adequate nutrition grow approximately one-third inch of wool per month. Therefore, to obtain a fleece of less than one-fourth inch, shear the lamb a week to ten (10) days before the show date. The rate of wool growth varies greatly upon the breed, the nutrition program, environmental temperature, and the individual lamb. On average, lambs of wool breed heritage grow wool at a faster