Ah see you lot need a sheep turner for doing the hooves ect & their great for things like c-sections if needed, but if we 're doing hooves we line up a race of Hurdles, Half the sheep are in the field behind the barn & the back half in the barn waiting to be done & the sheep turner is at the end of the front half of the barn with enough room to loose them when done into the front half of the barn or a section of the farmyard which we also do with shearing so essentially the idea is you have approx 20-50 sheep waiting in the race waiting to be done so the should push each other forward with a little gentle persuasion
but its normally a 3-4 person job as 1s trimming 1s blocking them from bolting through when the turners opened to let 1 out & 1 person is fetching the others forward or more in.
Its a mad constant days work but omg I love it & it's soo satisfying when you sit down for a cup of tea & look at the huge quantity of animals you've dealt with & sorted through & I love the sheep turners as its a right nuisance to try & turn a fully grown texel or suffolk ram or a big ewe
& I'm one of the youngsters expected to do it
but to have something they can just walk into & you secure the back door & their head into it & then turn it & lock it into place & open the door & trim feet away or check the teeth - It's brilliant & no more back breaking
& as for the sheep dipping we just use sheep races but again we're dealing with big numbers of livestock xx
A country lass who loves it all x.