shearing sheep. The idea is enough to have 19th-century bush poet Henry Lawson
turn in his grave, but Australia's resurgent $3 billion wool industry is
working to make it a reality. Faced with a shearer shortage, it is spending $10
million on research to streamline wool harvesting.
Projects range from
better shed design to robotics, including one project that would fully automate
the process of getting wool off a sheep and into a bale.
Jane Littlejohn, who
oversees the research arm of the industry's research and development body
Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), described automation as "forward
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ABC Rural News 18 January 2019