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Beyond the Bale : December 2018
ON FARM 69 PRACTICAL HANDS-ON TRAINING IN THE SHED Shearer trainer Dwayne Black said the Martins were very accommodating and helped make the shearing school very successful. “It was a very hands-on school, with the Martins providing six stands that enabled a lot of one-on-one training which really helps the students to quickly learn how to shear competently and cleanly,” Dwayne said. “The school ran from Monday to Friday and we started off by having an introductory talk about the industry, the attitude needed to be a shearer or wool handler, the work ethic and camaraderie, and the opportunities for young people in the industry, such as travelling and making good money. Then we explained the gear, the set-up, safety and why for instance you would use different combs in different conditions. “After that, it was straight into the shearing and wool handling demonstrations, which we did frequently, helping the students develop good techniques. Crucially, we emphasised the importance of the quality of the end-product. “The students ranged from about 15 to 25 years: some were completely new to the industry, some were from farms and just wanted to learn a bit about shearing so they can help out back at home rather than get someone in, and some had a bit of experience and wanted to learn more to progress their careers. “They were very keen and got a lot out of it. It was really pleasing to see their faces light up as they progressed through the course and got a real sense of achievement.” In the 2017/18 financial year, more than St George shearer trainer Boogie Ferguson giving Blackall's Clay Armstrong a few tips on handpiece placement as he prepares to shear the belly wool of a Macfarlane wether. QUEENSLAND SHEARING AND WOOLHANDLING TEAM A Sports Shear Queenland team attended the 2018 National Championships held at the Perth Royal Show in September (see following page). Pictured in the photo left to right are: (Back) Bruce Lines, Roma (WH); Alexander Schoff, Hopeland (Junior WH); Nick Dennis, Boonah (Blade SH); Phil Schoff, Hopeland (SH); Cameron Griffiths, Toowoomba (SH); James Ferguson, St George (SH); Rodney Rayner, St George (SH Judge); Cameron Foat, Flinton (SH Judge). (Middle) Simone Sinclair Mills, Goondiwindi (WH Judge); Jodie Donnelly, Bollon (WH); Michelle Schoff, Hopeland (WH Judge); Victoria Nancarrow, Bollon (Team Manager). (Front) Grace Schoff, Hopeland (Junior SH); Michael Nancarrow, Bollon (National Championships Event Commentator). Reflecting the tough times that the Queensland wool industry has experienced during the past couple of decades, Sports Shear Queensland has also had some hard years of late with it conducting only very few shows. However, a highlight for the next few years will be conducting the State Shearing & Woolhandling Championships at the Brisbane ‘EKKA’ Show in August. 1,500 days training (with more than 6,000 attendances by shearers and wool handlers) were delivered through AWI-funded programs across Australia. By funding hands-on practical training of shearers and wool handlers in the shed, AWI aims to increase participants’ productivity, skills development and professionalism. As well as the training of novices, AWI is building the capacity and longevity of existing staff, and increasing returns to woolgrowers through improved clip preparation practices. MORE INFORMATION To arrange training in your state, contact AWI’s Jim Murray on 0427 460 007 or email email@example.com
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