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Beyond the Bale : March 2019
ON FARM 47 The LOJIK online training resource for shearers is now available on an app. Launched by skilled international trainers, it is helping perfect shearers’ techniques which in turn improves the quality of woolgrowers’ clips. One of Australia’s top trainers and the holder of multiple shearing records, Dwayne Black, and colleagues have launched their LOJIK online training resource on an app, to further help impart their knowledge and advice to shearers across Australia and overseas. “We have tried over the years to find a way to get factual information to shearers wherever they are located, as we can't service the demand face to face. But with the technology available today we believe this can be done via the app,” Dwayne said. “The aim is to provide information that can help any shearer become more efficient and make their job easier. The information is aimed primarily at the everyday shearer, rather than the beginner, to help them improve from the level they’re at to the level they want to be. “Quality shearing has flow-on benefits for the woolgrower. Better handling of sheep leads to happier animals; and better shearing techniques with the blade closer to the skin creates a better product, with minimum second cuts and a full-length fleece.” Available on the simply named ‘Shearing’ app, the LOJIK section is complemented by a separate Tally and Wool Book section. WHAT’S ON THE LOJIK SECTION? The LOJIK section of the app has four menu options. Each of these menu options includes a sub-category menu allowing simple, easy access to heaps of information and video-based tutorials: • Shearing: Watch and learn about shearing patterns, sections of the sheep, tips ‘n’ tricks and speed shearing techniques. • Gear: Information and tutorials about gear sharpening, pendulums, combs and handpieces. • Bodycare: Information and examples of how to keep yourself in shape using exercise, stretching, nutrition and more. • Extras: Packed with information including personal best tallies, customer feedback and people that make our industry great. Having all of these resources in the one place allows the user to source and learn at their own place and pace everything they will need to know about shearing. “There are always ways to sharpen up on technique, especially if a shearer has learnt on the job and hasn’t ever received any coaching from an experienced trainer.” A subscription to the LOJIK section costs $14.99 for a month. WHAT’S IN THE TALLY & WOOL BOOK? The Shearing app also includes the Tally & Wool Book section for free! This section enables the user to enter, store, automatically calculate and display all relevant data associated with sheep shearing on an ongoing and daily basis until the job is done. ONLINE TRAINING VIA SHEARING APP Property, sheep, shearer, wool handler and shed staff employment details are all able to be entered as well as sheep numbers, hours worked and details of the bales of wool being produced, including all branding requirements. Also included is an incident report section, the ability to generate personal shearing statistics as well as a diary and daily planner section, and the ability to capture and store photos and footage for social or employment purposes. Note: The app can be logged into and the Tally & Wool Book functions utilised regardless of internet connectivity, but internet connectivity is required to utilise the Lojik section of the app. MORE INFORMATION The Shearing app is available for download from the Apple App store and Google Play store. www.shearingapp.com Top shearing trainer Dwayne Black and cofounder Ross Paton have developed and launched the LOJIK online training resource on an app, available on a smartphone or tablet.
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