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Beyond the Bale : May 2010
FAST FACTS l The ShearEzy UPSP, co-funded by AWI, was an episode winner of ABC TV's New Inventors program. l AWI funded the UPSP program to help address the productivity, shearer supply, shearing costs and OH&S challenges of conventional shearing methods. On 5 June, the public is invited to view the revival of the historic 72-stand Tuppal shearing shed at North Tuppal Station at Tocumwal, NSW. It has been 100 years since the entire shed has been ready for action. This distinctively unique Australian event celebrates the history and the future of our very iconic industry. Once each day, the machines will be silenced so 72 shearers can revert even deeper into the past and demonstrate their skills with the old blades. Sports Shear Australia Association Inc, a not-for-profit sporting body, along with the owners, the Atkinson family, will be conducting the re-enactment. Staffing to shear more than 5000 sheep in two days Historic shearing shed re-enactment FAST FACTS l A re-enactment of the original Tuppal Station 72-stand shearing shed will take place for the public on 5 June. l The event will include a demonstration of 72 blade shearers reverting to the skills of the past. will exceed 300 volunteers: 58 machine shearers, 72 blade shearers and 80 wool staff, plus more than 100 management and support personnel. These volunteers are donating their skills and time to raise funds for the Australian National Shearing and Woolhandling teams to compete at the 2010 World Championships at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Sh ow. Friday is set aside for schoolchildren and dignitaries and Saturday 5 June is open to the public, with the old shed in action and lots of demonstrations and hands-on displays about the sheep industry -- 72 shearing stands on a board 88 metres long will be a sight to see! More information: tuppal.wikispaces.com 18 WOOL PRODUCTION May 2010 BEYOND THE BALE The ShearEzy Upright Posture Shearing Platform (UPSP), co-funded by AWI, was the winning invention in the episode of ABC TV's New Inventors program screened on 3 March. Bill Byrne of Peak Hill Industries, which designed and sells the ShearEzy, says being chosen as the winner is great news for the wool industry. "For such a wide audience of the Australian public to see innovative new technologies being developed in such an iconic industry is very rewarding," Bill says. "It was gratifying to hear the ShearEzy receive such an endorsement from the show's panel of judges." The ShearEzy is a result of AWI's UPSP R&D program, which aims to provide a safer and more productive alternative to conventional shearing, making shearing more attractive as a profession. UPSP technology provides a solution to the OH&S issues facing shearers by directly addressing 'catch and drag', which is the cause of most shearing injuries, and also eliminating the need for bending down while shearing. This reduces the physical effort of shearing and, in turn, prevents fatigue, prolonging shearers' working lives. "The ShearEzy system consists of a shearing platform with an integrated loader, loading races and optional transport trailer," Bill explains. "It can operate as a single unit as well as a multiple stand unit when one or more are put together. It is suitable for woolgrowers who wish to install a UPSP in their woolshed and shear their own sheep, as well as for small and large-scale contractors supplying shearing services using mobile trailers. "It is not even necessary for every user to have their own woolshed because UPSPs can be used on a level outside area or in a simple multi-purpose shed." By winning its episode of New Inventors, the ShearEzy goes into the running to be the series winner, which will be announced in November. More information: www.wool.com/upsp www.abc.net.au/tv/newinventors www.peakhillindustries.com.au ShearEzy stars on ABC's New Inventors TV show Shearers and wool handlers having a smoko during their preparations for the 72-stand shearing shed re-enactment being held at Tuppal on 5 June.