Wool classers sort, classify and grade wool into various commercial lines so that it can be sold at the best market price. They also manage and supervise wool-handling teams.
Duties & Tasks
Wool classers may perform the following tasks:classify and prepare wool according to various characteristics (including length, colour, evenness, vegetable matter content, wool type and strength)ensure wool is prepared to industry agreed standardsadvise on sheep classing and selectioninstruct and supervise shed staff involved in wool handlinginstruct wool pressers and supervise the pressing, weighing and branding of bales of woolmaintain and supervise records documenting the commercial lines and characteristics of woolrefer to laboratory test results of mobs or lines of woolliaise with woolbrokers, contractors, consultants and wool growers implement and document quality management systemsprepare pre-sale documents that describe wool qualities.
Wool classers work in shearing sheds and wool handling centres. They mostly work indoors and stand for long periods. Wool classers often act as team leaders, and are responsible for the organisation and direction of staff. Wool classers may need to travel long distances from property to property to work during the shearing season.
- able to cope with the physical demands of the job good with hands normal eyesight (may be corrected) good communication skills willing to travel able to work as part of a team.