Sheep Shearing Incident

21 April 2022

The Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA) is appalled by a video on social media showing a shearer trying to shear a sheep with a chainsaw. The people involved in this not only need the full force of the law to come down on them, but their fellow workers should also ask themselves if they should be working with people that behave like this.

“Shearing is a wonderful profession that when done well is extremely satisfying and financially rewarding. There is currently a shortage of shearers and shed hands nationwide, industry is doing everything it can to attract workers, but idiots like these make it less appealing.” Acting CEO Mr Marcus McShane said

Farmers work very hard to look after their animals, the last thing they need or expect is someone to tarnish their good name or the reputation of their industry and the products they produce. Fortunately, what we have seen here is extremely rare, overwhelmingly the vast majority of people involved in the shearing industry handle their animals with care and respect.