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Beyond the Bale : September 2016
It’s been seven years since the town of Warialda in the North West Slopes region of NSW staged the National Shearing and Wool Handling Championships, but recent improvements to the Warialda Showground make it a perfect venue to host the Championships again. Upwards of 120 shearers and wool handlers from across Australia and New Zealand will descend on Warialda from 6-8 October for the hotly contested 2016 National Championships and Open competitions. The event will also include a Trans-Tasman Test pitting the best shearers from Australia and New Zealand against each other. The Australians will be out to win back the Test they lost at Masterton, New Zealand in March. Overall Australia leads New Zealand in the Trans-Tasman Tests 30-29. The National Championships is an annual event that rotates to various locations around the country, and is run by the Sports Shear Australia Association in conjunction with coordinating committees in each host town. AWI is providing support for the event this year – plus many local, regional and state shearing and woolhandling competitions across the country – with the main aims of promoting excellence within the shearing industry, and to encourage young people to join the industry. “AWI is keen to raise the profile and status of the shearing industry by enabling participation in well conducted shearing and woolhandling competitions,” AWI’s shearing industry development coordinator Jim Murray said. “Competitions help encourage better techniques in shearing and woolhandling, which is for the benefit of the woolgrowing industry from which they derive. AWI’s support aims to encourage a quality workforce, an interest in wool, and an appreciation of the art and skill of shearers and wool handlers. “These Championships are nationally and internationally significant and will also serve as selection trials for the Australian NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS NEXT MONTH The 2016 National Shearing and Wool Handling Championships will be held 6-8 October in Warialda, NSW, along with Open competitions and a Trans-Tasman Test. Tara Smith and Sarah Moran competing in the Trans-Tasman Test at last year’s National Shearing and Wool Handling Championships in Hamilton, Victoria. team to contest next year’s World Shearing and Wool Handling Championships in Invercargill in February.” MORE INFORMATION Entry forms for the open competitions are available at www.warialdansw.com.au Woolclasser Darren Strawford, who also grows wool locally, had a good look through the poster said it was fair enough. “Because I work in plenty of sheds and run my own as well I can see both sides of the issue here and essentially we all have to work together as a team to get the job done as best we can. This poster has nicely highlighted at the top that good communication between contractors, shearing teams and growers is essential, and for me this is the essence of it all.” Having sheep and the shed well prepared for shearing, and upholding the best in animal welfare are all vital, not only in every shearing shed in Australia but for the entire wool industry. Todd said the poster was a good starting point to help everyone work together to create a good outcome for everyone in the shed, including the sheep. WOOLSHED POSTERS IN USE Woolgrower Todd Burger (right) and woolclasser Darren Stawford are happy with the role the poster plays in setting the standards for the entire shearing team in the woolshed. “I have a great team here and always have so there are no issues there. We are all professionals but I think it’s a great initiative so everyone is on the same page and it’s there as a bit of a reference. Shearing can be a stressful time because there is a lot going on and for me it’s when I see the fruits of all our work so we all want it to go smoothly and have a happy and safe shearing.” The poster outlines a code of practice in line with relevant state laws regarding animal welfare, workplace health and safety and the prohibition of drug use. It is a joint initiative between AWI, Shearing Contractors’ Association of Australia, the WA Shearing Industry Association, and WoolProducers Australia. MORE INFORMATION For your free copy of the shearing shed poster contact the AWI Helpline on 1800 070 099. In Todd Burger’s woolshed near Glenthompson in western Victoria the poster can be clearly seen on his raised board and its presence didn’t go un-noticed amongst members of the shearing team. All 37,000 copies of the March 2016 edition of Beyond the Bale contained a code of conduct woolshed poster and many are now on active service. ON FARM 49
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