Champion shearer trains new-comers

If you want to train well, you get the best trainer. Obvious, really.

How to shear a sheep.

So John Chappell of Dundee got in Australia’s champion shearer, Daniel McIntyre, who is training four people – two men and two women – out on Mr Chappel’s property.

Explaining his decision, the farmer said: “The wool industry would collapse without good shearers”.

So John Chappell of Dundee got in Australia’s champion shearer, Daniel McIntyre, who is training four people – two men and two women – out on Mr Chappel’s property.

Explaining his decision, the farmer said: “The wool industry would collapse without good shearers”.

One of the women, Heidi Anderson, said she had grown up on a sheep and cattle property and thought shearing would be a good career: “You get to go to lots of different areas – the properties.

“You can travel the world doing it. I was born on a cattle and sheep property and I started working in the shearing shed as a teenager and I just kept following it through.

“I think it’s a good thing for young people to get into. Good fitness, good job, good pay, good people".

Just watching Daniel McIntyre, you see the skill. He’s afast and smooth and the sheep remain unruffled by his razor.  “You need the hand eye coordination of a fighter pilot”, he said. “You’ve got to have coordination with your hands, eye plus your foot work as well.”

He is passing those skills on. 

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