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THE next generation of shearers are coming through the ranks of the industry thanks to a practical workshop being run at Ross.
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Participants in the sheep shearing workshop camp at Ross on Monday. Picture: Caitlin Jarvis.

A group of young people aged between 17 and 21 are learning all of the skills of sheep shearing and wool handling at the latest workshop camp hosted by Australian Wool Innovation.

Participants learn all of the skills of sheep shearing and wool-handling to equip them with the knowledge they need to get employed in the industry.

Coordinator Jack Monks said the sheep shearing industry was an ageing one and said the workshop camps were designed to help get more young people equipped with the shearing skills.

“We do up to five camps a year, at various levels, some will be novice and others will be at improver level,” Mr Monks said.

“We try to encourage people to do two or three of the camps.”

Joel Price, 17, from Campbell Town, said it was the second workshop camp he’d attended and said he wanted to go into the industry into the future.

“I like the lifestyle, you can go all across Australia with shearing,” he said.

Mr Price said he had learned a bit of the trade from his father, also a shearer, but said he liked going to the camps to further his skills.

The camps are run to help encourage more people into the shearing industry, as the skills are not being taken up as quickly by young people.

Shearers in the industry are ageing and Mr Monks said there was a need for more young people to come through the ranks.

The camp is being run at Ross for 10 days.

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