Plenty of ‘shear’ determination

As a step towards achieving her goal, the Year 12 student from Kelmscott Senior High School joined fellow classmates in a one-week shearing and wool handling program at Muresk Institute recently.

Led by lecturers from Great Southern Institute of Technology and South West Institute of Technology, the program was based on units from Certificate II in Shearing and Certificate II in Wool Handling.

The group of novice shearers and wool handlers, which also included a student from Northam Senior High School, learned basic shearing techniques, wool handling skills, and how to prepare hand pieces and other shearing equipment.

Muresk Institute general manager Prue Jenkins said the program was designed to give students hands-on experience and show them the skills needed to work in a shearing shed.

Muresk also hosted secondary school students in a series of agriculture career taster days.

Students from Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon and Dowerin and Quairading District High Schools were given an insight into farm operations, with a focus on shearing, wool handling, piggery and laboratory functions.

They also learned about career pathways and traineeships in agriculture.

Ms Jenkins said other �taster� programs would be held during the year, targeting different aspects of farming operations.