Shearer Training has been conducted in Australia and New Zealand in a co-ordinated manner for over 40 years
The shearing industry
is the most efficient in the World, taking in the labour content, the
cost, and the time taken
Australian Wool Corporation was the major contributor until 1995 with the
Department of Agriculture, some TAFE Colleges
and other Training
providers across all states bringing new people into the industry and
improving existing workers.
The Tally Hi Shearing pattern which was a base shearing pattern for the narrow gear, was of great benefit to the shearing industry, but is now out of date. Wide gear was allowed to be used legally in Australia from 1984
The latest shearing pattern takes advantage of improved and refined positions and blow placement for the wide gear.
To ensure workplace strain injuries are avoided and working life is extended, follow the recommended Pattern
following the pattern, the sheep will be shorn with less
effort, stress, movement, and stretching, and
more wool is removed with less blows.
The effort needed to shear the sheep is much less
In particular, the belly position is now easier on the shearer and the sheep. The first back leg blow angle has changed to follow the leg line, and the undermine is bigger, which improves efficiency on the long blow and last side.
The Top Side of the wrinkle is now shorn first more than ever,
which has benefits on the last side.
Second cuts are less and the
wool is handled better
The 1st front leg is not lifted now, but left down due to more rolling of the sheep onto it's backbone. This places less strain on the shearers back.
The Last Front Leg is not picked up as it puts much strain on the back. It is left down which means less blows and easy on the back
Some shed conditions are the same as 200 years ago, but many new sheds have improved designs, easier drag and more efficient wool working areas.
As a result of the NWGA training service the standard of
shearing within South Africa and Lesotho has been recognised World wide. For
the first time in history, South Africa and Lesotho each had representatives in
the recent 2000
World Shearing Championships
machine final. Charles August
and Kenneth Norman (South Africa) 6th - In 2003 Kenneth Norman made the
World semi final in Scotland and 2005 in Toowoomba, Australia Kenneth was 3rd in the
African blade shearers have also dominated World ShearingChampionships with Zingesele Elliot Ntsombo
(Lesotho) World Champion in 1996, 2003, and 2005, 2010 and Ziewilelle
Hans (South Africa) World Champion
in 1998 & 2000 & 2008, 2012, and Mayenzeke Shweni in 2014
Training Providers in South Africa- Country Phone code - +27
051 447 3023
(+27) 082 446 2162
|Training Providers in United Kingdom|
Many sheep now are heavier than the shearers who catch, drag,
shear and force them them out a chute, with many over the 100 kilo mark
Most would think that the Occupational Health and Safety people would consider this a big problem, but no footwear, no smoking in the shed, a fire extinguisher etc is more of a problem according to their Department Makes you wonder if they are in the real World
Learning Shearing and woolhandling was once 95% practical and 5% theory. No academic or gender requirements were needed, just a good work ethic and some common sense
In the past 15 years academics have made the shearing courses like most other things they do, a paperwork nightmare, and over 70% theory and much less practical. This discourages many people from applying and puts it out of reach for many who left school early as academia didn't interest them
Training can be conducted without an understanding of language between the trainer and the trainee, this happens around the World in many countries.
This proves that resources should be simple and pictorial based not academic with pages of words that are really irrelevant in the scheme of things.
Shearing is a basic, easy job to learn for anyone with some hand eye co-ordination and physical attributes, and hasn't changed much from 100 years ago except due to advanced gear design. The employers give anyone a chance on their work skills, not a piece of paper.
Therefore we should ensure that as coaches/instructors/trainers, our real focus is giving someone enough skills to obtain employment, and give continued training to improve, so they can provide a living for them and their families. We should not shower them, their employers and trainers with a paperwork and certification nightmare that the industry does not want or need. Opinion
The majority of Shearer and Woolhandler Training funds are now administered by Government Departments
Funded Training Organisations must train to Competency based
The training is no different, that is, sheep are still shorn and wool handled similar, but paperwork for the training providers and trainees has increased, as has assessment criteria
Industry staff can improve their skills through training and want and need the training, but not the paperwork
seen by the industry, as academics with very little knowledge of the industry at grass
roots, trying to bring their ideas to an Industry where practical
and performance based work is the only requirement.
with no previous shearing or woolhandler skills, no experienced
representatives, should not have more say than the industry
players and staff, or it is detriment to the industry.
Most advisors and administrators of training funds are not fully conversant with shearing industry practices, or up to date with changes that have, or are occurring in shearing or woolhandling at grass roots.
The result if this continues could be disastrous for the shearing industry, with less shearers and woolhandlers in the future
To be successful, shearing industry training should be in the hands of people and organisations with experience in shearing industry training, who have coaches with credibility, and are in touch with the industry at grass roots level, have a knowledge of past systems, runs on the board and a long term plan.
If Providers do not have these necessary qualifications, they are doing the industry a disservice, and starting trainees on out dated methods.
All training organisations have a responsibility to the trainees, should use the latest techniques and equipment as well as experienced industry coaches with credibility
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