Shearing and Shed hand Positions
Sheep shearing is a large industry that runs off the land and requires a lot of maintenance to ensure adequate health and hygiene practices.
When you hear the term ‘shearing’ I’m sure a lot of you just think of a man in a shearing shed (wool shed) with a hand piece shearing a sheep. However, this is only one element of shearing. Other elements include: penning up, crutching, drenching sheep and drafting.
Another hygiene practise that is required for the sheep to maintain optimum health is a process called lamb marking. This involves ear tagging the lamb and putting a ring around the testicles and tails, which leave the lamb sterile and with a docked tail.
A lot of these manual tasks are done by farm hands, so it’s a job any one can try. These tasks coincide well with seasonal workers as they fall on specific times of the year, every year. It’s a great opportunity for those eager to receive their 2nd working holiday visa, work for travelers or for those who favour seasonal farm work. Either way getting into Sheep/Shearing work is an enriching way to join the farm job scene and experience an element of farming, which Australia built its foundations upon.