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Elements and Performance Criteria

  1. Perform board duties
  2. Prepare wool
  3. Skirt fleeces
  4. Maintain wool flow and minimise contamination risk
  5. Carry out tasks to support the shearing operation

Range Statement

Performance Evidence

The candidate must be assessed on their ability to integrate and apply the performance requirements of this unit in a workplace setting. Performance must be demonstrated consistently over time and in a suitable range of contexts.

The candidate must provide evidence that they can:

remove fleeces and sweep boards before the next sheep is dragged for shearing

pick up and throw fleeces safely

remove non-fleece wools from the board and place in correct bins

identify and accurately remove stain

use correct technique for skirting and rolling fleece

sweep floors and remove contamination

work rapidly within specified timeframes

interpret verbal and visual communication signals within the wool shed given by the supervisor, the wool classer and the shearers

monitor sheep supply in pens and fill as necessary

monitor wool flow and the wool working area to ensure risk of mixing between lines is minimised

provide mentoring to less experienced staff

deal with contingencies by supporting other staff in tasks as required

observe and report on adverse environmental impacts

apply work health and safety requirements in the context of own work

apply enterprise animal welfare policies in the context of own work

Knowledge Evidence

The candidate must demonstrate knowledge of:

maintenance and hygiene requirements of shearing sheds, boards and catching pens

types of contamination and their sources

properties of the parts of a fleece

principles of moving and penning animals

shearing requirements

shearing shed and board layouts

environmental codes of practice with regard to shearing

relevant work health and safety and animal welfare legislation, codes of practice and enterprise requirements that apply to wool harvesting and pressing