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Beyond the Bale : June 2017
TRAINING WEBSITE TO IMPROVE SHEARING A new online learning resource for shearers has been launched by skilled international trainers to help perfect shearers’ techniques, which will in turn improve the quality of woolgrowers’ clips. Asone of Australia’s top trainers and the holder of multiple shearing records, Dwayne Black knows more than most about how to make the job of the everyday hard working shearer easier. Dwayne and his father, Peter, have been involved in the shearing industry for many years as experienced trainers, both in Australia and overseas. They have taken part in organising many world shearing records, with Dwayne himself having held five world shearing records. He has been coaching shearers for the past 10 years and is a trainer through AWI’s Independent Coaching Program. Peter has trained in three countries and been selected as coach for two countries at four world shearing championships. To impart their knowledge and advice to shearers across Australia and overseas, they launched an online training resource in October last year, incorporating a subscription-based website at lojik.com.au with a private Facebook group. “We have tried over the years to find a way to get factual information to shearers wherever they are located, as we can't service the demand face to face. But with the technology available today we believe this can be done through our lojik.com.au website and Facebook group,” Dwayne said. “The aim is to provide information that can help any shearer become more efficient and make their job easier. The information is aimed primarily at the everyday shearer, rather than the beginner, to help them improve from the level they’re at to the level they want to be. “Quality shearing has flow-on benefits for the woolgrower. Better handling of sheep leads to happier animals; and better shearing techniques with the blade closer to the skin creates a better product, with minimum second cuts and a full-length fleece.” The lojik.com.au website includes a range of information with simple tips and tricks for shearers, covering the three areas of: shearing technique, shearing gear, and looking after your body. The shearing videos cover topics such as the best starting position, transitioning, shearing different parts of the body, speed shearing for professionals, and getting stubborn sheep down the chute. Top trainer and world record holder Dwayne Black from WA, pictured here training face to face, has launched an online learning resource to help shearers – wherever they are located – to improve their technique. A clip from one of the lojik.com.au videos with Dwayne Black showing how the simple concept of weight transfer can efficiently minimise footwork. 46 ON FARM