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Hands on coaching to increase shearing shed productivity

A training partnership between respected shearers and shearing contractors, Longreach Pastoral College, and Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) to provide coaching for shearers and wool handlers aims to build skills in shearing and wool handling.

To be held in the ‘Rosebank Station’ shearing shed, using Longreach Pastoral College sheep, at the end of April (date to be confirmed), the training will involve hands-on coaching from shearer Sam Sheedy and wool handling trainer Rayleen Bowden.

Jim Murray, AWI Shearing Industry Development Coordinator said “the provision of shed based workshops to new and existing workers in the wool industry are designed to increase skill levels and professionalism in the industry”

“The training will drive increases in productivity in terms of sheep shorn per shearer per day, and fleeces handled per day” they said.

From a local perspective, Sheep and Wool Instructor at Longreach Pastoral College, Allycia Bennett said that the sheep and wool industry in central western Queensland needs more skilled workers. “With profitability in wool and the ongoing construction of predator-proof fencing improving lambing rates, the flock is increasing in size.  There is no doubt the industry is reviving, and LPC is working with the industry locally and nationally to do all we can to assist with meeting the corresponding demand for skilled labour in the industry”.

Shed hands and shearers – new to industry and those wanting to refresh their skills - are urged to contact Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges on 1800 888 710 to reserve their place in the AWI-subsidised coaching.  More information on the workshop details page here.

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