The world wide demand for wool has reached new highs. Prices in Australia are as good as they were in the 1980's and sheep flocks are growing as a result. But the increasing demand for our fleece has highlighted our shortage of shearers.
Shearing is backbreaking work under a time pressure. When there is an expanding flock and prices are high more skilled shearers are called for. So it is very good news that 15 young people are being put through an intensive course in Yass for five days to improve their ability to shear sheep. The aim of this workshop is for these young men to be able to shear 100 sheep per day.
For more on the wool industry's "Renaissance" see SMH 6/2/18 p 11