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Beyond the Bale : September 2012
26 ON-FARM September 2012 BEYOND THE BALE STATE PROVIDER CONTACT NSW TAFE NSW -- Western Institute Mike Por a, 1300 666 292 TAFE NSW -- Riverina Institute Graeme Anderson, 1800 441 244 VIC SCA A Shearer Woolhandler Training Inc Darren Templeton, 0427 435 244 RIST -- Rural Industries Skills Tr aining Marjorie Carpenter, 1800 883 343 WA CY O'Connor College of TAFE (Norther n Region) Stephen Madson, (08) 9881 9000 Great Southern Institute of Technology (Lower Southern Region) Peter Young, (08) 9892 7551 SA TAFE SA Bob Reid, (08) 8303 7822 QLD Australian Agricultural College Corporation (A ACC) Carolyn Doyle, 1800 888 710 TAS Primary Employers Tasmania (PET) Keith Rice, (03) 6343 2244 TRAINING DVDS Available from AWI are six DVDs to aid in the training of novice and skilled shearers and wool handlers: l Novice Shearing l Improver/Professional Shearing l Wool Handling and Shed Skills l Experting and Grinding l Wool Industry Workouts l Crutching Techniques To obtain the DVDs, contact the AWI Helpline on 1800 070 099. AWI has also produced a six minute summary video, showing how to shear a sheep, which is available on YouTube at: www.youtube.com/awiwoolproduction Through AWI, woolgrowers have trained 2190 shearers and wool handlers over the 12 months of the 2011/12 financial year. An additional 372 participants attended crutching and other introductory workshops. These workshops serve an important role in introducing new participants to sheep handling and the operation of the shearing handpiece While the majority of AWI's investment in shearing is in shearer and wool handler training, AWI is also trying to further enhance the image of the shearing industry by supporting regional, state, national and international competitions as well as shearing demonstrations and vocational training in high schools. AWI Program Manager Shearing and Industry Development Ian Evans said, "A good shearer can earn as much money as someone working in the mines, but a lot of people don't consider it as a career option. We are not only working to train the shearers and shedhands of the future but to present the entire industry as a great career option". While AWI is doing its bit to train more shearers and wool handlers, Mr Evans said it takes the whole industry to ensure the new entrants are retained. "If we want to retain these new professionals we need to make sure we support them with the right working conditions. The sheds that find it hard to attract shearers are often not attractive to work in. Professional shearers and wool handlers deserve a professional workplace and accommodation, where it's needed." AWI'S PREFERRED SHEARING AND WOOL HANDLING TRAINING PROVIDERS To find out more about the AWI training program and/or government-funded training initiatives, please contact AWI's preferred training provider in your state. OVER 2000 SHEARERS AND WOOL HANDLERS TRAINED After securing her much-desired shearer 's pen, she went on to learn all about positioning and grinding gear at the TAFE Western female shearing course in May. "I'm 39 and want to make it easier. If you don't learn properly, you hurt yourself. Once you get your position right, you can run your blows better and if your gear's cutting right, your sheep's going to sit better for you without kicking, and you do a better job." Megan acknowledged her career choice as a single mother could be tiring but the money and freedom made it all worthwhile. "It's sometimes very tiring because I still have to come home and cook meals, wash and clean, but you just have to have a routine," she said. "Jack always asks me, 'how many did you get today, Mum?' If I tell him I got 29 Dorpers, he'll laugh because he knows Dorpers are much easier to shear than Merinos. A 96 is my best tally for a day in Merinos, so I would love to now go on and do my 100 easily, and go up from there." As the 12 female shearing students make their way out to assess their day's efforts at the let-out pens, Jim adds a few words of encouragement. "To date, there has been not one sheep go out of this shed that we needed to bring back up for a re-shear," he says. The women celebrate the news in playful chorus: "hip, hip, hooray." PostScript: To assist the promotion of shearer and wool handler training, AWI is pleased to announce former head shearing trainer with TAFE NSW Western, Jim Murray, has recently joined the AWI shearing industry team.