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Shearer school shortage fix | The Land



Intermediate shearers on the board in the AWI shearing school at Kanowie, Bungarby. Photos: Nicole Murphy

When Dave and Nicole Murphy of Kanowie at Bungarby added the neighbouring Kangaroo Camp of 1050 hectares as a leased block to their family farm, they encountered a few shearing problems.

This wasn’t uncommon across the Australian wool industry where the shortage of skilled shearing and shed hand staff has been an underlying problem for a few years.

But while they recognised and were affected by the problem, the Murphys were not prepared to be complacent and wait for the industry to catch up – they set in motion a training program on their southern Monaro woolgrowing property to introduce young people to the career opportunities…

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