My wife and I indulged in a 3/4 day rrip to Kangaroo island in South Australia with Intrepid Tours –led by ADutch Australian lady. One highlight for me was our exp[osure to an example of sheep shearing served up by an experienced farmer. As the two Kelpie dogs marshalled a cluster of sheep for the sshearing process, I gain some comprehensoion of the grounding of the metaphor “following like sheep” …. & …. “like sheeps for the slaughter.”
BUT it was the act of shearing that grabbed the limelight. Hard work made to look easy by years of practice.