WOMOlife

Wool Harvesting Industry training

Launch your career and build your skills.

When you work in the sheds, you:

  • Get to work in an industry that rewards hard work
  • Get to work by physically using your whole body
  • Get to be part of your community
  • Get to build a life for yourself, not just a career
  • Get to travel the world while earning.

WOMOlife industry training will help you to build the skills you need for the wool harvesting industry, whether you’re already working in the wool shed, or applying for your first job.

Build your essential skills with our simple how-to videos that cover a range of topics. Our videos take you through the practical, everyday tasks of wool harvesting, from penning, shearing, wool handling and pressing. You’ll learn from watching industry experts who demonstrate technique, while the informative pdfs give you a solid grounding in what you need to know.

Watch, learn, then apply your skills on the job. There are no classrooms, no campuses and no student loans.

The WOMOlife Courses

There are many roles in the wool shed and we offer four specific areas to choose from: Shearing, Wool Handling, Shed Hand, Crutching (shearing gear and grinding).

All four full courses are designed to make it easy for you to start your career in the shearing industry, upskill, or simply seek a skill refresh.  

Choose from one of the full comprehensive courses with videos and supporting pdfs, or if you just want to learn something specific or need help with a particular skill, select a bite sized short course, extracted from the full course.

Shearing

This course will teach you how to safely shear a sheep and look after your own personal welfare in this physically challenging role. Learn to develop and build the skills and techniques you need to succeed as a shearer at a professional level.

Ideal for both beginner and advanced shearers looking to learn or to improve their skills. If you’re new to the industry, take a look at our Shed Hand and Wool Handling courses as a great place to start.

As a shearer, you’ll be involved in:

  • Applying crutching and/or shearing techniques (blows) using a handpiece to remove the wool from sheep over the course of a run
  • Having a clear focus on animal welfare at all times in the handling and managing of the sheep
  • Using your handpiece on the sheep in a safe and professional manner to maximise the clip for the farmer
  • Using appropriate, well cleaned and maintained shearing gear and equipment, to ensure a safe environment for you and the sheep
  • Working quickly, safely, and competently for long periods of time
  • Working as a key part of a shed team, understanding roles and responsibilities and communication within the team

Wool Handling

This course will teach you how to work efficiently and safely in the wool shed as a wool handler, identifying the different grades and types of wool in order to provide the best quality clip for the farmer. The quality of clip preparation will affect the farmer’s returns and the suitability of wool for use by the industry.

As a wool handler, you’ll be involved in:

  • Preparing the wool clip by collecting and sorting wool from the shed floor as it’s shorn from a sheep
  • Keeping the board (shed floor) safe and clean for all workers in the shed
  • Working quickly, safely, and competently for long periods of time
  • Working as a key part of a shed team, understanding roles and responsibilities and communication within the team

Shed Hand

This course is ideal if you wish to gain entry into the wool industry and will teach you how to pen a sheep in preparation for shearing, and to press and bale the carefully sorted wool.

Shed hands play a key role in the operation of the shearing shed. If you’re a newbie, this is where you will likely find yourself starting out performing routine duties such a penning and wool pressing.

As a shearing shed hand, you’ll be involved in:

  • Carefully and efficiently moving sheep into catching pens, keeping the pens full for shearers
  • Having a clear focus on animal welfare at all times in the handling and managing of the sheep
  • Pressing and branding the bales of wool
  • Assisting a wool handler to sort wool for pressing, if required
  • Working as a key part of a shed team, understanding roles and responsibilities and communication within the team

Crutching, Shearing Gear, Grinding

This course will teach you how to crutch, which involves the removal of wool from around the tail and between the rear legs of a sheep for hygiene purposes and also includes eye wigging, which is the removal of wool around the eye are to prevent sheep getting wool blind in the winter, or pink eye.

Generally, you would learn to crutch a sheep competently before progressing to become a shearer.

When crutching sheep, you’ll be involved in:

  • Using good technique and safety practices to remove the wool from around the tail and rear legs of the sheep, and/or the eye area
  • Having a clear focus on animal welfare at all times in the handling and managing of the sheep
  • Working as a key part of a shed team, understanding roles and responsibilities and communication within the team

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Our WOMOlife Presenters

Stratty
Carmen
Jeremy
Stacey
Amber

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