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Shearers remove wool and hair from sheep, goats, alpacas and other animals.

Fun facts

  • Strong Future Growth
  • 64% full-time Full-Time Share
  • 3% female Gender Share


There are many tasks done by shearers. A few are listed below:

  • selecting and preparing shearing equipment
  • catching and positioning animals for shearing
  • shearing and removing wool and hair from animals
  • identifying contaminated fibre and injured, infected and diseased animals
  • treating skin cuts
  • returning shorn animals to let-out pens for counting and checking
  • may service, maintain and repair shearing equipment
  • may shear stud animals with hand shears or special combs

Specific occupations

  • Shearer