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Beyond the Bale : September 2017
Located in Barmedman, NSW, ‘Glenmore’ is a mixed cropping and grazing enterprise run by Rupert McLaren and his family. For Rupert, installing a state of the art 6-stand woolshed meant he was able to ensure the health and safety of his family, staff and contract shearers employed to shear their Merino wethers. “The Work Health and Safety advantages of working in a shed like this over a lifetime are enormous,” Rupert said. “At the end of every day, I actually feel pretty good working in this shed as there is hardly any bending at all.” The Sawtooth shearing board was designed to maximise safety and efficiency for shearers and wool handlers. The design is unique, because it reduces the drag for each shearer but most importantly, minimises the need to turn when dragging. Each shearer has a separate work area, which reduces the chance of injury caused by shearing in confinement. The raised platform allows wool handlers to have full access around each individual shearer, something that attracted Rupert to the concept. “I’m very impressed with the sawtooth arrangement. It is much easier for the shearers. Dragging straight out of the pen means that they don’t have to turn another 90 degrees. Apart from the shearers, everyone is upright the entire working day. After working on a flat floor in the old shed, the raised board is an absolute joy.” The shed fitout was tailored to Rupert’s particular needs to maximise the space as well as ensure an effective flow of sheep from his old shearing shed into the new one. The concrete floor also allows for machinery storage when not in use. “I had actually been thinking about doing something with my existing shearing shed for quite some time. After flicking through a pamphlet at Henty field days, I realised it was insane and that I should just build a new shed. It’s a lifetime investment. We can now hold more than five hundred sheep in this shed with the connected old shed holding another five hundred.” For Rupert, this investment meant safe and efficient infrastructure would be in place for his sons to take over once they were ready. “My sons are working here in the shed which is really important to me. They represent the future of my operation and the investments we’re making now will help them, as well as the future generations who farm this land.” The 6-stand shearing board includes features that make the space more comfortable for the entire team. Each shearer has their own shelf for equipment and a power point. Handrails are placed along the board as well as an electrical cut-out button in case of emergency. The holding pen configuration improves stock flow and efficiency when penning up, with slide swing gates that are braced overhead for strength. Sheeted fences are placed strategically to promote sheep flow into the catching pens, which are sloped towards the board to make the drag easier. For Rupert however, the number one design feature is the air conditioner, in terms of making the workplace more comfortable for himself and the team. “I have an air-conditioner in my tractor – this is much harder work than my tractor! There is no way that I would not have an air-conditioner in the shearing shed. The shearers I’ve got, they’re a good team, but they’re big wethers. Anything that I can do to make their life a little bit easier is well worth doing.” For Rupert and his family, installing a new shearing shed was an investment they have considered for a very long time. “It was something that I thought long and hard about. But when you compare it to the costs within the grain industry, it’s actually extraordinarily good value. I think this is probably a one-hundred and fifty- year investment.” MORE INFORMATION For more information and a video of the shed in action visit www.proway.com. au/2017/04/glenmore Farmer Rupert McLaren (left) is very happy with the design of the boards. The 6-stand sawtooth shearing board at Rupert McLaren’s property ‘Glenmore’ in NSW is designed to maximise safety and efficiency for shearers and wool handlers. The new, well-designed shearing shed of mixed enterprise farmer Rupert McLaren and his family in the heart of the Riverina's wheat and sheep belt is not only making their livestock operation more efficient, safer and more profitable but it is also an investment for future generations. SAFETY AND EFFICIENCY NEW SHED MAXIMISES ON FARM 61 Minimise stress maximise stock flow improve safety Well-designed wool sheds and stock yards make your livestock operation more profitable for the following reasons: Provide the safest working environment for you and your staff. 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