Shearing Skills

Level NA Cost $195/day excl

Length Four days

Locations 2 See all

Course Starting Various start dates throughout the year

Taratahi's, Shearing Skills four--day rural skills workshop is ideal for those that are completely new to or are looking to refresh their shearing skills.

The workshop will cover the following topics:


  • What are the health and safety risks when shearing and how to minimise. 
  • Personal health and wellbeing when shearing eg hydration, nutrition, stretches,fitness, keeping back warm. 
  • What is a Woolshed Health and Safety Plan and how this assists with safety.
  • The Code of Welfare and its implications when shearing, and risks to stock that need to be considered
  • Components of shearing plant and handpiece and what they do.
  • Setting up a handpiece properly and safely, common mistakes in set-up.  
  • Suitable combs for different environments.
  • Grinding combs and cutters, checking and preparing shearing plant, and adjustments to make during shearing.
  • Catching, restraining and holding sheep during shearing.


  •  Allied shed skills:
    • Penning up and keeping tallies to support shearing.
    • Board work to keep it clear for the shearer.
    • Basic wool handling appropriate for the breed and fleece.  Throwing a fleece, skirting it, rolling it up ready for pressing.
    • Operating the wool press, using the designated wool lines.


  • The shearing process in bite sized chunks, with participants doing that one aspect only with the whole mob.
    • Dagging the whole mob.
    • Crutching the whole mob.  
    • Shearing a hind leg only for the whole mob.
    • Shearing the neck only for the whole mob.
    • Shearing the first side only for the whole mob.
    • Shearing the last side and completing fleece removal for the whole mob.

Please ensure that you wear good sturdy footwear.

Entry criteria for the workshop : You must be 16 years of age or older and must be physically capable of handling equipment involved.

Teas and coffees provided, please bring your own lunch.

This rural skills workshop is available in all of Taratahi's regions.  If you would like to know the date of the next workshop at a region near you, then please get in touch with us either by emailing or on 0800 827 2824 and speak to a member of our enquiries team.

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