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Beyond the Bale : September 2017
hours and are paid wages under the national training award. By the end of their time at Merriman, trainees are expected to be able to shear the industry minimum of 80 sheep per day. More than 50 per cent of graduates are immediately placed into ongoing employment upon graduation, with many now able to support their families and purchase a house. “I saw this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” says 22-year-old trainee Morgan Wrigley. “I grew up surrounded by the wool industry – my old man’s a shearer and my brothers work in the wool industry, so I thought I’d try to keep it in the family. “Apart from the farm skills I’ve learned that nutrition and fitness are important, as is healthy eating so you can keep up with your work. I’m aiming to shear 200 sheep a day.” Unlike Morgan, 16-year-old Sophie Noble decided early on in the course that shearing wasn’t for her. What she did take a keen liking to, however, was wool handling – something she hopes to continue after graduation. Hailing from the tiny town of Walcha, Sophie decided to attend the 22-year-old trainee Morgan Wrigley being congratulated by trainer Graham ‘Buck’ Thurlow. As well as shearing, the Merriman school training included wool handling and stock management, plus other property management skills. Merriman Shearing School to learn new skills and try something different. “I was open to learn anything when I arrived,” she said. “I’ve learned fencing, wool classing, shearing and crutching – but my favourite part has been wool handling and I intend to stay in the wool industry and get more skills when I finish here. I’ve made some good friends here and my advice to anyone would be to try your hardest and don’t give up.” MORE INFORMATION www.merrimanshearingschool.com.au DrenchMaster CrutchMaster Anti-Backer Sheep-handling just got easier! Effective, efficient and safe solutions for all your drenching, crutching and handling needs. 1-800-750-584 For more info go to www.perkinz.com.au Ne w 2017 Model DrenchMaster CrutchMaster Anti-Backer Sheep-handling just got easier! Effective, efficient and safe solutions for all your drenching, crutching and handling needs. 1-800-750-584 For more info go to www.perkinz.com.au Ne w 2017 Model ON FARM 59
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