I need someone to explain this to me.

Robotic sheep shearing

This contraption was made in the late 80′s, expressly for shearing sheep. For some reason, it never really took off. We’re guessing because it takes forever and still requires a person to wrangle the sheep on to the holding rack. Having that person just shear the sheep themselves might be much quicker. We think they need to refine it a bit. It should be fast, and not require a person to load it. Maybe something like a modified version of this.

Comments

  1. BigD145 says:

    All that noise and getting sheared?! the horror.

  2. Nicklaus Michael (Cold) says:

    Sheep is like plz dont malfunction like you did on lamb chop… poor lamb chop… rip

  3. error1 says:

    Looking forward to the day when i can get my hair cut by friendly robots like this one

  4. Hackius says:

    Holy crap that thing is ridiculously complicated. That arm itself has a huge number of DOF and the whole thing is slower than a human.

    Waaaaaaaaaaay overengineered

  5. Orkie says:

    Don’t let Preston see this thing…

  6. bancroft says:

    that just seems cruel.

  7. epicelite says:

    wow I am not like a member of PETA or anything.

    but damn that sheep was like “holy shit let me go oh god I am gonna die FUUUUUCCCKKKKK!”

  8. andrew says:

    Usually I have a high tolerance for stuff involving animals but that video is hard to watch.

  9. el tejon says:

    I will forgo any jokes about dreams.

  10. sheeps says:

    holy crap that looks horrible. I’m pretty sure Peta is already tracking down that person to take vengeance.

  11. amk says:

    oh im sure it would have caught on, if it weren’t for the obvious animal rights issue. i’m not exactly a member of peta, but that things fucking cruel.

  12. tye says:

    Interesting, seems overly complicated. Takes over 5 minutes to shear the sheep, where as a person (albeit a pro) can shear one in 17 seconds flat.

  13. andres says:

    amazing, that machine is a thing of beauty. i felt a little bad for the sheep though. poor thing must’ve been scared silly, but it didnt look like it was getting hurt

  14. pseudoanonymous coward says:

    Wow… I’m certainly not an animal leftist by any means, but that is just mean. A human can do the job in under 2 minutes and the sheep doesn’t have to be strapped into a rack the whole time. By all means, shear the sheep, but at least get it over with quickly.

  15. Horrified says:

    As someone who has experience in shearing sheep, let me just say:

    WHAT THE FUCK WHAT THE FUCK WHAT THE FUCK

    That is the most frightening and inhumane and pointless device I have ever witnessed.

    #1 The sheep are already unhappy about being sheared. I cannot imagine the terror of that animal.

    #2 It seems far slower than doing it yourself.

    #3 WHAT THE FUCK WHAT THE FUCK WHAT THE FUCK

  16. shadow says:

    WTF This has to be the most aweful thing i have seen, i mean im not a peta member and i eat ALOT of meat, but that thing is fucking horrible. I hope the inventers of this die a slow horrible death.

  17. Brad says:

    how dare they use such a cheesy ripple circle wipe, I thought the sheep exploded!

  18. AK says:

    As someone who has shorn a sheep, that has to be a joke. By the time you have strapped her in that thing, a real shearer could have easily done one and had a cuppa.
    Another thing, a shearer typically travels from farm to farm, shearing on location. One immobile robot couldn’t shear enough sheep to be worth it’s while.

  19. ?!? says:

    Damn, play Quake 4 to see to some point how that sheep felt

  20. tinybrowneyes18 says:

    I pity the sheep. hahaha..

  21. bountyx says:

    that is just wrong on so many levels…

  22. Dan says:

    The tree-trimming video linked to in the description, however, was frikin cool.

  23. dopplershift says:

    Hahaha!

    That robot was designed/built by one of my Mechatronics lecturers at UWA!

    Its downstairs in the engineering building!

  24. Alan Parekh says:

    Wow if that thing has a sensor go bad I would hate to see what would happen to the poor sheep. To make sure it is safe the designers should have to have their heads immobilized in a clamping system and get a brush cut from the system. If they would do that I am thinking that it is then safe.

  25. dokein says:

    For all that effort you’d think it would at least knit a sweater while it’s at it.

    @orkie: Agreed. Wouldn’t take much modification at all for a malevolent cyborg dog to convert this to a Mutton-O-Matic.

  26. Terramoto says:

    -1 point for hackaday for sharing this.

  27. James says:

    An interesting proof that engineering isnt always the solution to every problem! While its an interesting problem, shearing a sheep robotically, it just begs the question “why?”. As an exercise in robotics – fair enough, but dont use a real sheep. As a real product? Surely the consequence of too little time in the real world. I’d love to know the answer!

  28. blizzarddemon says:

    Im sure peta is already busy enough killing stray animals to care. : D

    On another note, that tree extractor would not suit the sheep as it would probably take the limbs of the sheep off with it <.<

  29. Mike says:
  30. cynic says:

    I like the way it carefully and slowly shears around the sheep’s belly button. I would assume it took a few ‘trials’ to get that done right without unzipping the poor test subject accidentally.

  31. Justin says:

    that has got to be one of the funniest things i’vs seen. That sheep has got to be scared shitless

  32. mydnight says:

    I grew up on a sheep farm, and once we had the shearer set up, we could finish our herd (250 sheep) in about two and a half to three hours — counting the time it took to bag the wool and get the next sheep ready.

  33. Patrick says:

    This is Great !!!

    Obama fans are sheep.

    They should all get thier hair cut this way !!!!

  34. Louis II says:

    Are you guys serious about all this “cruelty”?

    Nothing like a bunch of inexperienced people to be critical of a process that went pretty smooth compared to what could have happened.

    This shearing went pretty damn well for that sheep; a lot of shears can be rough and the sheep can get nicks in their skin that bleed for a while. It certainly went a hell of a lot faster/cleaner than non-electric blade shears would have.

    Here’s a bit more info:
    http://www.sheep101.info/shearing.html

    /has participated in sheep shearing and seen bad things compared to this. This shearing was pretty damn slow, but the way the machine kept the cutter floating above the skin was pretty awesome looking, to me.

  35. fred says:

    What the fuck!

    That is the worst thing I have seen for a long time.

    Please tell me Hackaday didn’t put this up because they thought it was cool!

    I cannot believe humans disrespect for animals sometimes!

    Someone needs to BAN this.

  36. DAXweb says:

    i wonna put the creator in this machine
    and cut the hair cock with that robotic arm….

    now i know becouse the world is going bad…

  37. baby_zapp3r says:

    holy sheep sheer batman. that is ridiculous and damn scary to watch. I can imagine what that sheep is thinking. something along the lines of holy truck.

  38. exarkun says:

    Oh my, what a horrid thing to watch. Shows how you can make the coolest contraptions for pretty hideous stuff.

    That treecutter is awesome, though. I’d like to drive one, except the guys who get to do it have to cut trees all day and that would be _boooring_.

  39. Paul G says:

    I’m not sure this is as much automatic shearing as it is remote shearing.
    At 4:59 in the clip you can see what might be the hand-held control device.
    Given the complexities of the task and the age of the video, it wouldn’t surprise me if the robot shear was just mimicking the movements of the contoling humans hand-held “mouse”.

  40. Mr.Payne says:

    im not a big animal right activist. in fact some things might just be funny some times but this shit is wicked … the sheep must be stressed as hell ! i can only imagine doing this to a human … pretty fucked up right !?

  41. Tane says:

    @ dopplershift – (if it’s the same machine) A few years ago I actually worked for one of the guys who made it. He told us a fair few stories about it. From the video it actually worked better than I thought. :)

  42. frogz says:


    I WANT ONE!! by the way, does anyone know what this machine actually is? like who makes it and what its called
    the tree terminator deserve’s it’s own hackaday page, NOT the sheep video
    do me a favor caleb or eliot or ANYONE
    replace the primary embed of the sheep video with the tree raper

  43. frogz says:

    holy carp! new HAD feature?!?!?!
    how long have videos autoembeded?!

  44. toufik says:

    hello
    please i need i machine of cheap give a model and price thank you

  45. Jerrem says:

    haha that is scary as all hell,

    the sheep looks like its sedated thank god, or scared to death, or actually dead, LOL. AND oh my god is that thing slow. nice idea but just not cost effective im sure, let alone the possible ethics? does do a clean job thou.

  46. linksysds says:

    Animales!!! por que no practicáis con vuestra cabeza o la de vuestros hijos?

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