Woolly problems for Tasmanian shearers

​New coronavirus workplace rules for shearers have created a backlog of unshorn sheep and could worsen a shortage of shearers in Tasmania.

The new COVID-19 shearing operation protocols require shearers and other workers in shearing sheds to keep at least 1.5 metres away from each other as they work.

To achieve this, shearing stands have been removed from sheds reducing the number of shearers working in each shed.

Key points:

  • To practice social distancing, fewer shearers are working in Tasmanian sheds
  • The reduction is creating a backlog of unshorn sheep as flocks take longer to shear
  • It's feared coronavirus border restrictions will worsen a shearer shortage in the state
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