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6 Key Lessons To Gauge When Creating New Wool Sheds

6 Key Lessons to Gauge When Creating New Wool Sheds

What do business operators consider when they are planning to establish wool sheds from the beginning? 

Without a point of reference, it is easy to overlook priorities and start to work backwards on the project. 

The good news is that there is a template in place for people that want to know what is deemed best practice. 

Here are 6 key lessons to takeaway for those creating new wool sheds. 

1) Visit Established Sheds 

One of the major lessons that will be advised to anyone planning the development of new wool sheds is to see the details of established locations first. This will firstly offer an opportunity for industry peers and sheep specialists to open a conversation and pass on tips and advice in real time. Yet it will lay the groundwork for the type of expectations that are in place with shearers, how they manage the livestock and what takeaways they learned through trial and error practices. 

2) Investing in Essential Infrastructure 

Wool sheds can only be complete once they have the infrastructure in place to facilitate shearing and daily management. Although money has to be carefully allocated and strict budgetary controls implemented, the use of chutes, panels, ramps, pens, shearing boards, wool rooms, stands and gates have to be the pillars of the environment. In the months and years to follow, further additions can be made to add more features and offer greater assistance to staff, but the foundations have to be put in place at the beginning of the project. 

3) Using Independent Oversight 

Wool producers who are looking to create a successful shed program will find that they have legal obligations. The health and safety of livestock is a key priority, just as it is with staff who work on site. If the business is violating any laws or provisions around these domains, they will be liable and held responsible. Individuals who are planning each stage strategically should take the time to contact independent contractors who survey health and safety provisions and understand the operational code that will be imposed on their business. 

4) Introducing Talented Staff 

The people that work on wool sheds shape the success of the venture. A location can have all of the bells and whistles it wants regarding the technology of the industry, yet it is an eye for detail and an understanding about best practice that ensures operators are achieving the best results and mitigating risks that arrive. Every shed will experience complications and issues along the journey, but it is the expertise of staff on the ground who alleviate those problems before they spiral out of control. 

5) Temperature Control, Lighting, Irrigation, Hydration 

There are 4 key areas that need to be covered for business owners with newly formed wool sheds: 

  • Temperature control
  • Lighting
  • Irrigation
  • Hydration 

This is part and parcel of the health and the safety protocols that were discussed. These animals need to be given a comfortable environment to live before and after shearing. The lighting is necessary for practitioners to use their tools and keep an eye out for medical issues and thorough shearing exercises. Irrigation is needed to mitigate against flooding. Hydration has to be a focus at every stage for the wellbeing of the stock, even when it is outside of the spring and summer seasons. 

6) Emergency Planning & Clear Entry & Exit Points 

Emergencies will happen with wool sheds. Even if everyone is doing their due diligence, external events like the weather can strike at a moment’s notice. This is where emergency protocols have to be put into place. The inclusion of clear entry and exit points is paramount in the event that an ambulance is required or for trucks and trailers to have safe passage 24/7. There have been sheds that experience interference on this front, and it creates major hassles in emergency situations. 

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