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


  • 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.


  • irregular hours
  • physically demanding
  • working outdoors.

To become a Shearer

Skills employers are looking for

  • Sheep Shearing

  • Health And Safety Standards

  • Animal Husbandry

  • Guest Services

  • Cutting Sequences

  • Communication Skills

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