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Beyond the Bale : March 2018
Woolgrowers are reminded that a comprehensive series of about 200 short videos to improve skills in shearing sheds are available free from AWI on a USB. The AWI videos cover all aspects of wool harvesting and are a complete reference guide for shearers, wool handlers, woolgrowers, instructors and students working in various areas of wool harvesting. Packed with tips, hints and practical advice, the videos include advice from experienced shearers, wool handlers and wool classers including Shannon Warnest, Dwayne Black and Racheal Hutchison. Also available on the USB is a series of four recent training videos that highlight the Shear- Jitsu technique which is a new way to perform the catch and drag. Shearers can utilise the technique to help them prevent injury and increase the longevity of their careers. MORE INFORMATION The USB is available free to shearers, wool handlers, trainers and woolgrowers by calling AWI on 1800 070 099. The videos are also available to view on the AWI YouTube channel www.youtube.com/AWIWoolProduction FREE HARVESTING VIDEOS FEATURE TOP TIPS A series of short training videos for shearers and wool handlers, to promote better techniques and improve clip preparation practices in the industry, is available free from AWI. THE USB INCLUDES VIDEOS IN THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS: • BASIC WOOL HANDLING • NOVICE SHEARING • IMPROVER/PROFESSIONAL SHEARING • WOOL HANDLING AND SHED SKILLS • EXPERTING AND GRINDING • WOOL INDUSTRY • CRUTCHING SHED SAFETY SIGNAGE KIT A safety signage kit for woolsheds is available for purchase online for $25 from AWI. Woolgrowers are able to purchase online a safety signage kit for their woolsheds. Initially released five years ago, the kit was designed by the WA Shearing Industry Association (WASIA), with support from AWI, following requests from woolgrowers and contractors at shed safety assessment and training workshops. AWI sponsored the development and production of the kit and continues to make it available to woolgrowers for $25 (including GST), which covers handling and postage cost only. The kit includes a total of 36 signs (22 different signs), printed on UV-stabilised polypropylene for durability, with predrilled holes for easy installation. The kit also includes guidance notes to assist in the proper location and installation of these signs. The aim of these signs is to help improve and promote safety in woolsheds. If woolgrowers want to retain shearers and woolhandlers in the industry, and attract others, woolgrowers need to ensure that their staff have professional shed conditions in which to work. MORE INFORMATION The kit is available to purchase online at www.wool.com/shedsafety. A ‘code of conduct’ poster that can help woolgrowers set standards for their entire shearing team – regarding animal welfare, workplace health and safety and the prohibition of drug use – continues to be available from AWI. 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. A ‘code of conduct’ poster, originally issued two years ago, provides woolgrowers with a good starting point to discuss with their shearing team behavior in the shed that ensures a positive outcome for everyone including the woolgrower’s sheep. 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 A3 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. CODE OF CONDUCT WOOLSHED POSTER 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. Less labour required to handle livestock. Ensure stockwork and shearing is finished on time and on budget. Quality infrastructure that adds longevity of infrastructure. Reduce maintenance and st Reduce maintenance and stress. This is why it’s important to get it right the first time ProWay wool sheds, sheepyards and handling equipment are designed to: Making the livestock industry more efficient, safe & profitable Proudly Australian designed and manufactured www.proway.com.au 1300 655 383 stock yards Loading ramps Handling Equipment shearing sheds ON FARM 59
In the Shops - March 2018