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Beyond the Bale : September 2013
27 SELLING MORE WOOL 27 ON-FARM FAST FACTS l In the 2012/13 financial year, AWI increased investment in both promotion and recruitment of shearers and wool handlers, as well as training, and this was reflected in significant increases in numbers trained at all levels compared to last year. l 1571 shearers and 983 wool handlers were trained directly through the AWI shearer and wool handler training program. l An additional 786 participants attended crutching and other introductory workshops, and 1370 high school students received an introduction to wool harvesting. September 2013 BEYOND THE BALE 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. In 2012/13 AWI funded training for shearers and wool handlers across a range of skill development activities. These included from learner to professional shearers and from novice to professional wool handlers. Provided by registered training organisations, the training focused on shearers and wool handlers in the shed, particularly on increasing their productivity and skill development. Training was also offered as short term, intensive “schools” across a range of skill levels. 1571 shearers and 983 wool handlers were trained directly through AWI-funded programs across Australia in the 2012/13 financial year, with an additional 786 participants who attended crutching and other shearing and woolhandling workshops. These workshops serve an important role in providing a range of training services to the wool industry – from an introduction to wool harvesting and basic skills for new shearers and wool handlers, through improver to advanced and professional workshops for continued development of wool harvesting professionals. In addition to these training numbers, 1370 high school students received an introduction to wool harvesting as a career option through in-school and in-shed demonstrations by AWI-funded trainers. In 2012/13, AWI increased investment in both promotion and recruitment of shearers and wool handlers, as well as training and this was reflected in significant increases in numbers trained at all levels. More information: www.wool.com/shearertraining Royce Johnston, winner of the Novice category at the Kinross Woolshed Shearing Challenge, is a Year 12 student at Yanco Agricultural High School (YAHS) and along with his mother Kerrie was instrumental in organising the inaugural YAHS Shearing Competition held in March. The day began with Peter Artridge – the only shearer known to have represented Australia at world championship level in both blade and mechanical shearing – conducting a judging workshop for all competitors. While the 27 competitors – the vast majority being YAHS students – had previous shearing experience, most had never competed in a shearing competition before. Increased Shearer and Wool Handler Training SHEARER AND WOOL HANDLER TRAINING ACTIVITIES NSW WA VIC SA QLD TAS 2012/13 TOTAL 2011/12 TOTAL In-shed shearer coaching Days 20685107603045 533 442 Number trained 599 315 337 178 59 83 1571 1304 In-shed wool handler coaching Days 1163583602936 359 338 Number trained 279 113 321 170 47 53 983 886 Crutching schools; Novice, improver S&WH workshops; Shearing industry vocational education in schools; Advanced shearing schools; Industr y funded enrolment assistance Number of schools/ days 708950272049 305 125 Number of attendees 128327186622459 786 422 Total training days provided 392 209 240 147 79 130 1197 905 Total number coached/trained 1006 755* 844 410 130 195 3340 2612 The winners of the competition, supported by AWI, were John Polsen (Novice), Glenn Young (Intermediate) and John Evans (Open). To finalise a great day of participation, Peter Artridge gave a blade shearing demonstration, including a commentary on the history of blade shearing, and then proceeded to shear a sheep blindfolded – which left the crowd in awe! Opportunity was then given for anyone who might not have even held a handpiece before to come forward and “have a go”. Several youngsters seized the opportunity and it was very rewarding to see the smiles on their faces as they left the board. Sibling rivalry! Royce Johnston's sister and brother, Deanna and Bryce, go head to head. Yanco Agricultural High School Shearing Competition * Plus 1370 school students in WA were provided with an introduction to the wool harvesting industry by AWI-funded coaches through in-shed or at school demonstrations of shearing and woolhandling.