Growers get another chance to see 'gun' shearing shed

Growers get second chance to inspect 'gun' shearing shed at Dubbo

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GRAND DESIGN: Action in the Arrow Park shearing shed near Dubbo during the the first open day in July.

GRAND DESIGN: Action in the Arrow Park shearing shed near Dubbo during the the first open day in July.

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Champion shearer, Hilton Barrett, decided to build a state-of-the art shearing shed on his farm near Dubbo in a bid to improve the design of sheds all over the country.

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Woolgrowers will have another chance to inspect what has been described by some as the world's most innovative shearing shed near Dubbo.

The first open day in July on Arrow Park, Brocklehurst, generated so much interest the shed's doors will be open to the public again on September 20.

The shearing shed has been designed to improve not just work-flow and productivity of shearing but also worker health and sheep welfare.

Australian Wool Innovation network co-ordinator Henry Ridge said the company had funded the 18-month project which aimed to identify the crucial efficiencies and ergonomics of modern shearing shed design with the workplace safety of shed staff and animal welfare two key design priorities.

"AWI has worked with shearing contractor Hilton Barrett (who owns Arrow Park) and industry consultant Peter Schuster through the rigorous process to create a functional and efficient design, with a whole of shed approach, where considerations have been made throughout the complete wool harvesting process," Mr Ridge said.

"The project involved extensive consultation with shearers, wool handlers, classers and growers to ensure the shed design provided shearer safety, quality wool preparation, the best environment for the sheep and created efficiency for workers and the flow of livestock.

"Working in shearing sheds can be hard work. The new shed design has addressed some of the movements that contribute to shearers' injuries which include catching, dragging and releasing shorn sheep.

"There is something in the shed for everyone, a part of having a wide representation of shed staff and growers from across Australia among the working group with a range of skills, is that all opinions and views through the shed have been considered.

"With more than 450 visitors attending the first open day and with strong interest since, we're hoping for another large turnout."

Entry is free and those interested are invited to attend the open day from 10am to noon to hear from and speak with AWI representatives and the shed designers.

RSVP at www.sheepconnectnsw.com.au/events by Wednesday September 11.

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