Shearing shed hands assist wool classers and shearers by performing routine duties in shearing sheds and handling the fleeces after they have been shorn from the sheep.
Duties & Tasks
Shearing shed hands may perform the following tasks:assist station hands to pen sheep for shearing
pick up the fleece after it is removed from the sheep and throw it onto a large table for 'skirting' (process to remove stained or coloured pieces and skin from the wool)
remove inferior and stained wool from fleeces as directed by a wool classer
grade wool that has been skirted off fleeces
roll the fleece into bundles and pass it to a wool classer for classing
sweep the shed floor around the shearing and wool handling areas to help keep the fleeces clean and to avoid contamination
identify and remove belly wool from the shearing area and place in relevant packs.
Shearing shed hands may need to travel long distances from property to property to work. Accommodation is usually provided in shearers' quarters either on the property or in a nearby town. Some work within their own district and travel daily to the shearing shed, returning to their own homes each day.
able to work quickly for long periods
able to work as part of a team
willing to travel and live in remote areas
able to undertake manual work
able to cope with the physical demands of the job.