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 standards
advise on sheep classing and selection
instruct and supervise shed staff involved in wool handling
instruct wool pressers and supervise the pressing, weighing and branding of bales of wool
maintain and supervise records documenting the commercial lines and characteristics of wool
refer to laboratory test results of mobs or lines of wool
liaise with woolbrokers, contractors, consultants and wool growers
implement and document quality management systems
prepare 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.