Shearer

Shearers remove wool and hair from sheep, goats, alpacas and other animals.

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    Overview

    Shearers remove wool and hair from sheep, goats, alpacas and other animals.

    Day-to-day

    • selecting and preparing shearing equipment
    • catching and positioning animals for shearing
    • shearing and removing wool and hair from animals
    • identifying contaminated fibre and injured, infected and diseased animals
    • treating skin cuts
    • returning shorn animals to let-out pens for counting and checking
    • may service, maintain and repair shearing equipment
    • may shear stud animals with hand shears or special combs.

    Considerations

    • Physically demanding
    • Irregular hours
    • Working outdoors

    To become a Shearer

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