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Emily King
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Want a better cut?

Posted by Bestprac on Aug 23 2011

Eight out of ten shearers could make more money just by giving their handpiece, combs and cutters a little more attention.


“A well maintained handpiece with sharp combs and cutters will increase tallies and make the job easier,” says world champion shearer, and shearer trainer, Shannon Warnest.

“But an estimated 80 per cent of professional shearers don’t get a true cut.”

AWI has worked with the industry’s best shearing contractors and trainers to  produce a poster “Are you getting a cut?” The poster shows how the professionals
keep their handpieces in good working order and their combs and cutters sharp.

The “Are you getting a cut?” poster is backed up by two other AWI posters: “The Five Pillars of Shearing” and “The Four Pillars of Woolhandling”. All three posters
are laminated and ready to display in the woolshed.

Make sure you’re not one of 80 per cent not getting a true cut. Call the AWI helpline on 1800 070 099 to order your free set of “pillar posters” for your own shed, or the next shed you’re heading to.

The “pillar methodology” is used by preferred Registered Training Organisations (RTO) in each state delivering AWI-funded shearing industry training. AWI is funding training for ‘improver’ and professional shearers, as well as for novice and improver wool handlers.

To find out more about the AWI training program and/or government-funded training initiatives, please contact AWI’s preferred training provider in your state -
see table below. More information: AWI Helpline on 1800 070 099

State training provider

New South Wales

  • TAFE NSW - Western Institute Ian Chapman (02) 6840 2121

Western Australia

  • CY O’Connor College of TAFE (Northern Region) Stephen Madson 0409 080 243
  • Western Australia Great Southern TAFE (Lower Southern Region) Peter Young (08) 9892 8840


  • SCAA Graham Shearer 0427 435 244

South Australia

  • TAFE SA - Regional Bob Reid 0427 604 255


  • QRITC Barbara Bishop 1800 337 709


  • Primary Employers Tasmania Richard Leahy 0438 265 753


Last changed: Jan 23 2012



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