I imagine. They’re now popular here as guard animals to protect sheep from foxes and dingoes…which to my mind is a much more integrated purpose, rather than trying to wring a quick profit from their rearing.
I had a couple of pet goats for my daughter (actually a neighbour said “can you take this goat, it’s too naughty” and we did, and she was!), but never had them in kid so did not get to milk them.
I know quite a few shearers, as you can imagine, and there are some specialist kiwi shearers who travel the world shearing llama…it’s an even more specialised art I’m told. They have to be strapped to a board, no?
The sheep in those images are simply caught, one by one, dragged across the boards and shorn held between the shearer’s knees. I have the utmost respect for their fitness as it’s incredible demanding work and many are working into their 60’s…and shearing 200 a day. I must also complement them on their changing attitude to the animals, they were pretty rough in the 70s & 80’s, I’ve had a long break from the game, and was surprised to see how sensitive they were to the animals these days.