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Beyond the Bale : September 2012
Optimal flat surfaces are provided for the shearer which enables long continuous blows around most of the body of the sheep. The Heiniger EVO anti-lock technology and attached to a balanced boom and flexible drive is recommended for improved safety and productivity. Bill Byrne of Peak Hill Industries says the first and most noticeable difference with the new ShearEzy is its size and the galvanised sheet metal appearance. "The height and overall length have been reduced and the sheep enter the machine at a lower level, encouraging better sheep flow. Much less space is required for operation as the fleece is removed on the same side on which the sheep is shorn," Mr Byrne said. "There are also many more adjustments than previous versions both for the size of sheep and the operator. The main unit can be reduced to 1.8 metres long and 1.2 metres wide and comes fitted with large solid rubber wheels. If required ShearEzy can be moved about and easily and quickly rolled onto a ute or trailer." The new design, use of different materials and manufacturing techniques has enabled the price of the new ShearEzy to be reduced to a cost of $15,100 plus GST ex the factory. This includes the shearing plant and stand as well as the non-backup ramp. The Peak Hill Industries ShearEzy shearing system is a successful alternative to 'on the board' shearing. It provides the shearer with a comfortable 'stand up' working environment and eliminates the need to catch and drag sheep. It also provides for the highest standard of wool preparation, and includes the latest shearer safety technology The ShearEzy is one of the products resulting from AWI's investment in the development of Upright Posture Shearing Platforms. Several different versions of the ShearEzy have been built and trialed since 2005 and the product has been commercially available since late 2007. The latest version was released in June 2012. The new ShearEzy air operated system consists of a shearing platform with an integrated parallel sheep loader. Sheep walk into the loader via an inclined non- backup ramp and are confined until ready to be shorn. The loader clamps the sheep then tilts and inverts the sheep placing it on the platform. The sheep is crutched in this restrained position; it is then released from the clamp and the rear legs are restrained as the sheep lies horizontal between the hinged up wings of the platform. The rotation of the leg restraints and the hinged movements of the two wings allow the shearer to mechanically manipulate the sheep to each desired position through the shearing process. More information: A video of the new 2012 ShearEzy can be viewed on the Peak Hill Industries website www.peakhillindustries. com.au For more information, contact Bill Byrne (02) 6869 1700. FAST FACTS l Peak Hill Industries released in June a new version of the ShearEzy Upright Posture Shearing Platform that is a more compact machine with extra adjustments for various sized sheep. l The ShearEzy is a result of AWI's investment in new technologies designed to make wool harvesting easier, more efficient and safer. l The latest ShearEzy costs $15,100 plus GST from Peak Hill Industries and is suitable for farmer shearers or contractors. Shearing easy with ShearEzy 27 ON-FARM September 2012 BEYOND THE BALE BENEFITS OF THE ShearEzy SYSTEM INCLUDE: l Reduced physical effort and strain from shearing l Can be more productive than 'on the board' shearing, especially for the novice or average shearer l Simple blow patterns and effective animal restraints make shearing easy to learn for all shearer levels l Easy separation of crutchings and lower quality wools l Other animal husbandry tasks may be carried out as part of the shearing process l Large sheep and rams may be easily and safely handled without sedation l Can be mounted and used on or off an optional trailer Shearing using the ShearEzy Upright Posture Shearing Platform requires less physical effort and strain than traditional 'on the board' shearing.