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Industry set to flock to Dubbo to size up innovative shearing shed design

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Woolgrowers will have another opportunity to size up what has been described by some as the world’s most innovative shearing shed design on Friday September 20 at Hilton Barrett’s Arrow Park shearing shed. 

Due to the high level of interest following the first open day held in July, visitors are expected to flock to a second open day event which will again showcase the design of the shearing shed and its benefits.

Members of the community and those from the wool industry are invited to explore the shearing shed that has been designed to improve not just work-flow and productivity of shearing, but also worker health and sheep welfare.

Australian Wool Innovation Network Coordinator Henry Ridge said the not-for-profit research and development company had funded the 18-month project which aimed to identify the crucial efficiencies and ergonomics of modern shearing shed design with the workplace safety of shed staff and animal welfare two key design priorities.

“AWI has worked with shearing contractor Hilton Barrett and industry consultant Peter Schuster through the rigorous process to create a functional and efficient design, with a whole of shed approach, where considerations have been made throughout the complete wool harvesting process,” Henry said.

“The project involved extensive consultation with shearers, wool handlers, classers and woolgrowers to ensure the shed design provided shearer safety, quality wool preparation, the best environment for the sheep and created efficiency for workers and the flow of livestock.

“Working in shearing sheds can be hard work. The new shed design has addressed some of the movements that contribute to shearers’ injuries which include catching, dragging and releasing shorn sheep.

“There is something in the shed for everyone, a part of having a wide representation of shed staff and growers from across Australia among the working group with a range of skills, is that all opinions and views through the shed have been considered.

“With more than 450 visitors attending the first open day and with strong interest since, we’re hoping for another large turnout.”

Entry is free and those interested are invited to attend the open day to hear from and speak with AWI representatives and the shed designers and discuss the design and functionality.

WHEN: Friday, 20th September 2019 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
WHERE: Turn west off the Newell Highway onto Burraway Rd at Beaurepaires, Brocklehurst, Dubbo NSW 2830. Then after roughly 2.5km on the right-hand side turn north into the marked gateway.
RSVP: RSVP at by Wednesday 18th of September.





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