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Episode 4 - Chick Go The Shears

There are very few young shearers and even fewer female ones. That’s why the delightfully named Joanna Treasure is a rare gem. She shares how she made it into the coveted 200 club (shearing 200 sheep in one day) and how working in the hustle and bustle of the shearing shed can earn you the big bucks. Today we speak with Joanna Treasure and discuss:

  • Her office being a busy working shearing shed.

  • Her determination to become a shearer as people kept telling her not to.

  • Falling in love with the challenges that come along with this high energy job.

  • A typical ewe weighs between 70-100kgs and the physical strength required to lift this weight.

  • Joanna has recently joined the ‘200 club’, and shares how long she has been perfecting her skills.

  • The average number of sheep sheared in a day.

  • Being accepted by an older generation of male shearers and the assumptions that are made.

  • The perception of shearers within the agriculture industry.

  • The going rate for shearing can be up to $800 per day, it is the perfect job for a young person looking to save for the future.

  • Shearing as a seasonal profession and the work satisfaction Joanna receives from her job.

  • The common misconceptions Joanna receives about the work she does.

  • The future for Joanna Treasure.

We hope to see you back on the road soon, to learn more about how Australia grows on the next episode of Australian Farmers with Angie Asimus. Links:


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