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Shearing platforms to be demonstrated at Falkiner

Terry Sim, May 2, 2022

WOOL growers will see demonstrations of different shearing platforms and sheep delivery systems at an open day at the Falkiner Memorial Field Station in southern New South Wals on 17 May.

A modular race delivery system, battery powered hand piece protoype and muscle fatigue sensor technology will also be demonstrated.

A verbal update on chemical defleecing research is also planned.

Australian Wool Innovation chairman Jock Laurie said the open day will be a great opportunity for wool growers to see what is available now and what is possible in the near future.

“Shearing is the number one issue growers talk to me about, and something I am familiar with as a grower myself.

“The open day allows growers to see different shearing systems and offers a chance to talk to leading machinery and shed manufacturers on design and construction,” he said.

“AWI staff will also be on hand to providing the latest in AWI shearing shed safety, shed design and shearer and wool handler training initiatives.”

Mr Laurie said since July last year AWI has helped 200 learner shearers have the quality tools to do their job right with $2000 worth of shearing equipment given to learners who complete training and then get a job.

“As the wool industry’s research, development and marketing company, AWI is a big part of the solution, but we can’t do it alone and that’s why we work with industry groups, shearing contractors, the states plus the Federal Government to help tackle the shortage.”

He said issues around shearing have become more pronounced due to COVID-19 restrictions on interstate and overseas travel over the last few years.

With the national flock on the rise again there is a pressing need for more quality shearing solutions,” he said.

The Falkiner Memorial Field Station will be open from 9 am until 4pm on the Conargo Road, Conargo.

Tea, coffee and water will be provided. Food will be available to be purchased on the day.

Registration is free and via this link https://www.wool.com/people/events/Falkiner/

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