Young male shearer shearing sheep for wool in shearing shed

Shearer

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

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

  • irregular hours
  • physically demanding
  • working outdoors.

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