This is one of the consequences unsuspected by the coronavirus and its impact around the world. Reuters, relayed by The Independent, tells that Spanish farmers cross fingers for all their sheep to be shorn before the summer and the rising temperatures that accompany it. They have been entrusted with this dangerous mission to 250 shearers professionals who have come especially Uruguay as they have used for years.
But the coronavirus has delayed this mission, which was to begin in April, because of the cancellations of flights, closing of borders and restrictions of movement. The shearers finally arrived mid-may in Spain, one of the countries most affected by the coronavirus (more than 28 300 deaths to 19 June). The farmers have pleaded their case directly to the king of Spain, and have chartered an aircraft specifically to this route. The shearers have been detected prior to this trip and expected to return home at the end of July.
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15 000 euros to pay in 70 days
" I've been coming here for the past six years. Because of the coronavirus, everything has been delayed, but we are making progress at a good pace, " says to the news agency of Federico Ventura, one of the workers uruguay, which is expected to remain on-site for 70 days. "If they had not come, we would not have been able to mow," says a farmer in Spanish. It is true that the work done by the specialists of the mowing might seem daunting. They use special machines and a technique to immobilize the animal (without attaching it), which allows you to speed up the process
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On this period of 70 days, the best of them would be able to mow 10 000 animals. This gives an average maddening of more than 140 sheep shorn daily, in the case where no break would be taken ! Each animal that is offered a cup been reports of 1.50 euros to the person who has mowed, excluding taxes. Is a mother lode of nearly 15 000 euros (excluding taxes always) raised in a little over two months of work if we are to believe the figures put forward by Reuters.