Problem emerging with shearer training

31 Dec, 2009 11:11 AM

THERE'S only one way to shear a Merino, and some shearer trainees aren't being taught do it the right way, according to shearing contractor Brendan Boyle.

"It doesn't matter how you dress it up, there's a right way and a wrong way to shear a Merino," he said.

"I'm happy with the emphasis put on saving your body and lasting longer, but I don't believe we should be taking short cuts.

"Of course I encourage best welfare for shearers, but I produce 500 bales of wool myself, and I want my body in one piece."

There is an emerging problem with some of Australia's trainee shearers, according to Mr Boyle, and that's because they are not taught the correct way to shear a Merino.

"Australia-wide shearer trainers have to make sure trainees deliver a certain package," Mr Boyle said.

"Everyone will say, we have a choice as to how we shear, but some people are being taught based on a North Island, New Zealand, British breeds style of shearing.

"They're promoting, or encouraging people into that way of shearing a sheep, and from a grower's point of view, it's not in their best interest."

Mr Boyle can't believe that Australian shearers have been influenced by New Zealand's different way of shearing.

"We've still got 71 million Merinos, and we're at the lowest point in around 100 years of having sheep," he said.

"And people want to shear like New Zealanders, who have less than an eighth of our Merino sheep flock?"


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