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Beyond the Bale : May 2010
FAST FACTS l Arctic Heat cooling vests are being used by shearers as an effective aid against heat stress. l The vests are comfortable to wear and can provide shearers with significant performance benefits. Cooling vests provide shearers with a cutting edge Shearers in central NSW have been using 'cooling vests' to maintain a comfortable core body temperature and help lift their productivity. The Merino PerformTM Advantage lined cooling vests, manufactured by Australian company Arctic Heat, are already famous for being used by cricket, soccer, Olympic and other sporting teams around the world -- most recently, Arctic Heat joined forces with the Porsche Human Performance team to develop a version of the vest for motorsport. However, the cooling vests are also used in fire-fighting and for medical and military purposes, and they are increasingly being used in industrial applications such as shearing. The vests use a specific cooling agent that absorbs and retains the temperature of the water or ice in which they have been placed, and are complemented by Merino PerformTM Advantage fabric, which adds the superior temperature and vapour-management properties of Australian Merino wool. Head shearing coach at TAFE NSW May 2010 BEYOND THE BALE WOOL PRODUCTION 19 Champion shearer Ian Elkins of TAFE NSW Western Institute wearing an Arctic Heat cooling vest while shearing at this year's Sydney Royal Easter Show. Western Institute Jim Murray says the TAFE bought some for use in its shearer- training program and the benefits were instantly apparent. "Heat stress can be a major issue for shearers because of the intense exercise involved and the often hot environments shearers work in," Jim explains. "Wearing a cooling vest helps a shearer keep his or her body temperature down, which enables the shearer to sustain their intensive workloads over long periods of time. It can significantly increase their performance. "The shearers still work up a bit of a sweat while wearing them, but they don't lose as much fluid as they normally would. The garment's wicking properties move the sweat away from the skin, making the skin feel less clammy and reducing any post-exercise chill. "They're comfortable to wear too. They don't restrict the shearers' movements or inhibit their technique." More information: 1800 880 067, www.arcticheat.com.au GET THE BOX THAT ROCKS WITH EVERY 80L PURCHASE* Nothing is tougher than Hat-Trick when it comes to controlling parasites in you sheep, and nothing is tougher than this Bosch Rockbox for music on the run. Buy 4 x 20 litres of Hat-Trick and this Bosch Rockbox is your bonus to keep. It plays CDs, MP3s and radio and it's perfect for the shed or for taking around the property in the back of the ute. Ask your CRT local bloke about it today. * 4 x 20 litre purchase only 1800 001 973 ANCARE TECHNICAL HELPLINE