Definition of bell sheep in English:

bell sheep

noun

NZ, Australian
  • A sheep caught by a shearer just before the bell rings to signal the end of a period of work, which they are allowed to shear.

    ‘they worked as only shearers work when they're cutting for a bell sheep’
    • ‘Shearers often allowed the rouseabout to shear the bell sheep.’
    • ‘For an hour they worked as only shearers work when they're cutting for a bell sheep.’
    • ‘It can become one's bell sheep, caught just before the bell goes and able to be shorn at leisure into the break.’
    • ‘He times himself to get so many sheep out of the pen before the bell goes, and one more—the 'bell sheep'—as it is ringing.’