Wool Processing

SafeWork NSW and NSW Farmers called out on shearing safety

NEW South Wale’s work safety regulator and NSW Farmers will have “blood on their hands” if a wool shed worker dies from shearing machine ‘lock-up’, according to a national shearing industry leader…Read More

Terry Sim, May 21, 2021

Shearing rate increase continues, but would KPIs work?

AUSTRALIA’S peak shearing contractor body is continuing a 15pc shearer rate and industry wage increase trial until a review later in the year, when New Zealand-based workers might be able to return…Read More

Terry Sim, March 22, 2021

Innovative shearer trainer program is “a gamechanger”

A VICTORIAN-BASED sheep shearer trainer and trainee program was helping to solve the industry’s national labour shortage and providing a model for collaborative training in other sectors…Read More

Terry Sim, March 10, 2021

COVID-19 halts New Zealand’s ‘shearing Olympics’ for first time

NEW Zealand’s prestigious Golden Shears shearing and wool handling event has been cancelled for the first time in its 60-year history after COVID-19 restrictions escalated in the country…Read More

Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand, March 1, 2021

Most shearing contractors back 15pc pay rate increase

EXPERIENCED shedhands, wool pressers, cooks, crutchers and sheep shearers are included in pay rate increases to help shearing contractors retain staff over the next two months…Read More

Terry Sim, February 3, 2021

Contractor association proposes 15pc increase in shearing rate

PEAK wool grower body, WoolProducers Australia, has assured its members there has been no official increase in the award for shearers and shed hands, despite an increased pay rate proposal put before contractors…Read More

Sheep Central, February 1, 2021

AWEX eBale project to go live with first ePacks

WOOL growers are being sought to take part in the latest stage of the Australian Wool Exchange’s supply chain traceability eBale project…Read More

Sheep Central, December 9, 2020

AWEX calls for wool classer code review submissions

AUSTRALIA’S wool industry has just over a month to make submissions to the Australian Wool Exchange’s latest wool classing code of practice review…Read More

Sheep Central, September 23, 2020

Wool joins the race to develop protective finishes for apparel

THE COVID-19 pandemic is inspiring some companies to add new protective qualities to wool and other textile fabrics to protect against the bugs that plague us…Read More

Terry Sim, August 24, 2020

Shearing contractors and growers warned on COVID-19 risks

COVID-19 transmission into and through Victoria’s meat processing sector was used to highlight virus risks to shearing and wool industry workers in a webinar yesterday…Read More

Terry Sim, August 21, 2020

Is mulesed wool lowering prices and building Australia’s stockpile?

WOOL from Australian sheep mulesed without pain relief is more likely to be passed-in under grower auction reserves than fleece from animals treated more humanely or not mulesed, AWEX data shows…Read More

Terry Sim, May 20, 2020

Victorian Agriculture Minister sees merit in onshore wool processing

VICTORIA’S Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes has come out in support of expanding onshore wool processing in Australia as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts global manufacturing and supply chains…Read More

Terry Sim, May 1, 2020

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