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Beyond the Bale : September 2019
62 ON FARM SHEARER AND WOOL HANDLER TRAINING REMAINS A PRIORITY 62 ON FARM Adequate numbers of highly skilled professional staff to harvest and handle a high-quality Australian wool clip in a timely manner are key to the profitability of the Australian wool industry. AWI therefore funds hands-on practical training for shearers and wool handlers in the shed, aimed particularly at increasing their productivity, skills development and professionalism. In the past financial year, more than 1,500 days training (with more than 5,600 attendances by shearers and wool handlers) were delivered through AWI-funded programs across Australia – a similar amount to the previous year. The delivery was a combination of in-shed training, novice schools and workshops. AWI-funded training in the Shear-Jitsu technique, the new way to perform the catch and drag, expanded during the year. “The training for harvesting staff is provided through AWI’s Independent Coaching Program and also by Registered Training Organisations,” AWI’s shearing industry development coordinator Jim Murray says. “Training covers a wide range of experience, from learner to professional shearers and novice to professional wool handlers. It is also offered as short term, intensive workshops across a range of skill levels.” In addition to the above face-to-face training, AWI also funds online training through the Lojik training website (www.lojik.com.au) and Facebook page run by world shearing record holder and top shearer trainer Dwayne Black. More than 3,300 views by shearers during 16 online training sessions were held during the past financial year. The popular online learning resource for shearers helps them perfect their techniques, which in turn improves the quality of woolgrowers’ clips. MORE INFORMATION Phone the AWI Helpline on 1800 SHEARS (1800 743 277) to make contact with a training organisation in your local area. AWI funds training for shearers and wool handlers to attract and retain new entrants into the wool harvesting industry, build the capacity and longevity of existing staff, and increase returns to woolgrowers through improved clip preparation practices. AWI wool-handling trainer Amanda Davis and shearing instructors Kevin Gellatly and Todd Wegner with 10 trainees at an AWI-sponsored shearing school held in July at the Epasco Farms shed near Condingup in WA, which was co-ordinated by Esperance grower group ASHEEP and its executive officer Basil Parker. PHOTO: Dorothy Henderson/Countryman 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. 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. “People working in shearing sheds have traditionally learnt their skills ‘on the job’ by being shown; these videos use the same approach,” Jim Murray says. “Available on USB, they are a great way of getting information to people working in the industry as the videos are suitable to be watched in the shearing shed on laptop computers.” 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 Also available on the USB is a series of four 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
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