Old shearing hands teach young

16:00, Feb 05 2014
Shearing students
SHEARING STUDENTS: The student line-up. Back, Alan Bramley, Rocky Bull. Middle, Ben Roper, Martin Studer (Switzerland), Isaac Allan, Nick Gould, Landyn Laird and Jerry Girvan. Front, Erik Boettcher (Canada), Shaun Coombes, Emily Te Kapa, Dan Maguire (England) and Geoff Ashton.

Would-be shearers have been learning from skilled shearing practitioners as part of the Tectra Beginning Shearing School.

The school is held yearly in the South Canterbury area.

Students from the South Island, Canada, England and Sweden lined up at Burkes Pass Farm, Fairlie, for the five-day course which is supported by local shearing contractors.

The course is New Zealand Qualifications Authority accredited and gives new entrants an introduction to shearing, plus theory and a good practical knowledge.

Qualifications gained by Tectra trainees enable them to shear anywhere in the world.

The South Canterbury entrants were tutored by Alan Bramley and Rocky Bull, with Steve and Michelle Allan supplying the shed and the sheep.

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