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Beyond the Bale : June 2015
ON FARM 45 Acomprehensive series of 200 short videos covering all aspects of wool harvesting is helping to improve skills in shearing sheds. The AWI videos, which are available on USB from AWI, are a complete reference guide for shearers, wool handlers, woolgrowers, instructors and students working in various areas of wool harvesting. Packed with tips, hints and practical advice, the videos include advice from experienced shearers, wool handlers and wool classers including Shannon Warnest, Dwayne Black and Rachel Hutchison. Many of the videos on the USB are reworked versions of ones previously available from AWI on DVD, but there are also new videos covering topics including basic wool handling. AWI shearing industry development manager Jim Murray says the videos on the USB are a great way of getting information to people working in the industry. “So many aspects of the skills involved in shearing and wool handling are hard to describe in words,” he says. “People working in shearing sheds have traditionally learnt their skills ‘on the job’ by being shown; the videos use the same approach. Now available on a USB, the videos are suitable to be watched in the shearing shed on laptop computers. “Good training is essential for new and existing people working in sheds. These videos complement the free in-shed training for novice, improver and professional shearers and wool handlers that AWI continues to provide.” The new USB includes videos in the following sections: • Basic wool handling • Novice shearing • Improver/professional shearing • Wool handling and shed skills • Experting and grinding • Wool industry workouts • Crutching. MORE INFORMATION The USB is available free to shearers, wool handlers, trainers and woolgrowers and is available by calling AWI on 1800 070 099. HARVESTING VIDEOS FEATURE TOP TIPS that I’m a bit of a father figure to them, supporting and guiding them, like I did with my own children. “The funding of this training by AWI has been very beneficial in helping attract and train new workers into the industry, and improve the value and quality of the wool clip. “I’ll be carrying on training for many years to come. At 67, I’m still very young at heart, in good health and I feel I have a good connection with the students. “The shearing industry has provided me with a fulfilling career. I’d do it all over again.” Kevin Gellatly (right) providing AWI-funded training at a shearing and wool handling school being held at Rylington Park Institute of Agriculture, near Boyup Brook in Western Australia. AWI has issued a series of handy videos to help reduce the costs and improve the quality of harvested wool. PHOTO: Dave Rankine Woolgrowers are now able to purchase online at www.wool.com/shedsafety the safety signage kit for their woolsheds. Initially released two years ago, the kit was designed by the WA Shearing Industry Association (WASIA), with support from AWI, following requests from woolgrowers and contractors at shed safety assessment and training workshops. AWI sponsored the development and production of the kit and is once again making it available to woolgrowers for $25 (including GST), which covers handling and postage cost only. The kit includes a total of 36 signs (22 different signs), printed on UV-stabilised polypropylene for durability, with predrilled holes for easy installation. The kit also includes guidance notes to assist in the proper location and installation of these signs. The aim of these signs is to help improve and promote safety in woolsheds. If woolgrowers want to retain shearers and woolhandlers in the industry, and attract others, woolgrowers need to ensure that their staff have professional shed conditions in which to work. These signs meet Australian Standards and legislative requirements in all Australian states and will help woolgrowers meet occupational health and safety obligations. MORE INFORMATION The kit is available to purchase online at www.wool.com/shedsafety or by calling the AWI Helpline on 1800 070 099. AWI has released a series of short training videos for shearers and wool handlers to promote better techniques and improve clip preparation practices in the industry. SHED SAFETY SIGNAGE KIT The safety signage kit for woolsheds is now available for purchase online.