June 8, 2007
June 8, 2007 - The Australian wool industry has been on a quest to find an alternative to conventional shearing for decades. This week, the most promising upright posture shearing platform (UPSP) was unveiled.
The UPSP is designed to overcome the back breaking and injury prone nature of traditional shearing and includes a race, loader and tipping cradle that lowers the sheep onto a platform in front of the shearer.
The retail cost is about A$15,000 per unit.
A 2004-2005 Australian Wool Innovation occupational safety and health report estimated the total cost of shearing injuries to be A$35 million a year. Reprinted in part from North Queensland Register, Australia