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Taste of shearing

ASPIRING shearers and woolclassers from across central and northern Victoria have completed a week of intensive training in Wedderburn.

The annual shearing school last week included several participants who attended a number of other regional courses run by instructors Stuart Neil and Jamie Tippet.

Stuart said the Wedderburn course covered all aspects of shearing, crutching and wool handling.

“It’s intense but a week gives the participants time to work out if they want to be a shearer,” he said.

“And those who complete these courses can find work in the industry. They are employable.”

Alex Lovel, of Dunolly: “We began the week not really knowing all that much about shearing.

“Now we can shear and that will be very helpful,” he said.

Participants were awarded their certificates Friday afternoon after a lunch provided by Wedderburn Lions Club.

Among Lions members taking a keen interest in the progress of the young shearers was Ray Tonkin who was a driver in establishling the annual school almost two decades ago with Gavan Holt through the local Victorian Farmers’ Federation branch. “They did very well,” Ray said after watching the final pen of sheep pass through shears grasped by the school participants.

Stuart said week-long courses had become more favoured in recent years.

Originally, the shearing schools were for two weeks but organisers reduced them to a week. “If someone works out shearing or the shearing shed is not for them, two weeks can be a long time,” Stuart said.




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