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Stockmanship and Merino Visual Classing Workshop Material

AWI has developed educational resources to help build the skills of young people interested in the Australian wool industry. This includes a workshop package comprising theory and practical activities that aim to develop participants’ core skills in stockmanship and Merino visual classing.

The workshop content is designed for late secondary school, university and TAFE students as well as new entrants to the sheep and wool industry. 

This package adds to AWI’s education and extension program including the Wool4School and Learn About Wool information.

Workshop Content

The workshop material includes:

  1. An introduction to stockmanship
    The stockmanship topic involves the importance of animal observation; understanding natural sheep behaviour; building effective sheep handling skills (including practical activities in the yards); understanding the impact of the environment, flock structure and enterprise mix; key principles of using working dogs (including practical demonstrations in the yards); animal welfare responsibilities; and people management.
    An Introduction to Stockmanship (PDF 2.0MB)
  2. An introduction to Merino visual classing
    The Merino visual classing topic involves the principles of visual classing; flock objectives; selection for a ‘type’ to suit the environment; visual classing (including practical activities in the yards); and the importance of balance between visual and objective assessments.
    An Introduction to Merino Visual Classing (PDF 2.4MB)
  3. Presenter notes for "An Introduction to Stockmanship & Merino Visual Classing" (PDF 646KB)
  4. Career pathways in the wool industry
    This topic refers to the ‘AWI Career Path’ profile project, which provides a range of case studies on career paths available in the wool industry (to be available on the AWI website shortly).

The Workshop Package

The package provides a full set of PowerPoint slides for each topic and complementary facilitator notes. PDF versions are available to download from the AWI website. PowerPoint files are available from AWI on application to

The package has been designed for the facilitator/teacher to hide pages to modify the presentation to suit the level of industry knowledge, understanding and experience of the participants.

Recognising that people have different learning styles, the workshop material covers a range of learning mediums using the ‘VARK Principles’, which includes a mixture of:

  • Visual elements - photos, diagrams, graphs, flow charts and videos
  • Audio - the presenter explaining the key principles and practical activities as well as the use of short video clips to demonstrate the stockmanship activities
  • Read/write - concise text, lists and activities with accompanying handouts and points to further reading
  • Kinaesthetic/hands on - practical activities


The workshop package is currently a pilot version and will be updated as AWI makes improvements to the content and photographs. AWI encourages feedback and suggestions, which can be sent to


Relevant videos

AWI’s Drone video

The flight zone

Moving Sheep between yards 1

Moving Sheep between yards 2

Sheep Ringing

Drafting Sheep

Filling the Race

Counting Sheep

Tipping Sheep