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Beyond the Bale : June 2017
"Grinding is also extensively covered in an hour-long module to help shearers (and farmers) set up a grinder properly and get their tools sharp, such an imperative part of the job." The website also includes a 'monthly focus' (such as shearing the belly), video profiles of top shearers, a tally calculator (that calculates your average shearing time per sheep), an image gallery and a webstore. "Information is regularly added to the website, in many different formats including video and graphics. As it is online, it is available for easy access anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day and seven days a week. "The website is supported by a private Facebook group that provides a communication forum where shearers can ask questions or upload videos of themselves shearing and then get personalised feedback and advice. We cover all breed types. "We aim to be the source of credible information that can answer any shearer's question. We deal in facts not opinions, and show techniques that are proven and simple." STILL GOING STRONG Dwayne is 44 years old now and still going strong. He spends half his time doing regular shearing jobs, and the other half training shearers. He says that it's important for all shearers, no matter what their experience, to keep refreshing their skills. "There are always ways to sharpen up technique, especially if a shearer has learnt on the job and hasn't ever received any coaching from an experienced trainer. "I've been around the industry for more than 20 years and have learnt from some of the best in the business -- but I'm always on the lookout for new ways to approach the job. This includes better shearing techniques to improve quality and speed, but also to help keep your body in the best condition so that you can do a better job and stay in the profession longer." A 12-month subscription to lojik.com. au (including membership of the private Facebook group) costs $99 excluding GST -- which Dwayne notes is "equivalent to just a couple of cartons of beer, or less than one sheep a week over the year, a no brainer really" -- or $30 for three months. "Getting a trainer out to a shed can be an expensive exercise, so online training can be very cost effective as well as handy," he adds. AWI will be providing all shearers that complete one of its own training courses with a free one-month subscription to lojik.com.au. MORE INFORMATION www.lojik.com.au 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. Good communication between contractors, shearing teams and woolgrowers is essential. A 'code of conduct' poster was issued in March last year that provides woolgrowers with a good starting point to discuss with their shearing team behaviour in the shed that ensures a positive outcome for everyone including the woolgrower's sheep. The poster outlines a code of practice in line with relevant state laws regarding animal welfare, workplace health and A 'code of conduct' poster is available from AWI that can help woolgrowers set standards for their entire shearing team -- regarding animal welfare, workplace health and safety and the prohibition of drug use. safety and the prohibition of drug use. It can be a point of reference for everyone in the shed and help ensure they are all on the same page. A copy of the poster was sent to woolgrowers with the March 2016 edition of Beyond the Bale, but replacement or extra copies are available free from AWI. The poster is a joint initiative between AWI, Shearing Contractors' Association of Australia, the WA Shearing Industry Association, and WoolProducers Australia. MORE INFORMATION You can download a copy of the A2 size shearing shed poster at wool.com/shearingresources or to get a free copy of the poster posted to you contact the AWI Helpline on 1800 070 099. The code of conduct poster is being used in shearing sheds across Australia. The poster is available from AWI. CODE OF CONDUCT WOOLSHED POSTER ON FARM 47