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Long wait ahead for a shearer | The Land




LACK of shearers in the state has forced all sections of the industry to pull together to alleviate time delays between sheds.

Contractors are reporting lengthy delays in getting to and finishing jobs as there are just not enough shearers on hand.

The shortage has been exasperated by the absence of New Zealand shearers who normally work in the eastern states from October to December, but the coronavirus put paid to that.

Communication between shearing contractors and wool growers with assistance from Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) is key to progress, according to Dubbo contractor of 14 years, Steve Mudford of Muddies Quality Shearing.

“We used to have some 500 Kiwis come over to shear, especially the crossbred in the south, but they…

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