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Wool Presser

Wool pressers press wool into bales using their legs and feet and a wool-pressing machine.


Tasks & duties

Wool pressers may do some or all of the following:

  • place empty wool packs in wool-pressing machines
  • load shorn wool into the wool press
  • pack the press with wool
  • operate the press to push the wool down tightly to form bales
  • clip the bales closed
  • mark bales with numbers and other details
  • record details of bales in the wool book
  • remove the bales from the wool press area and stack them
  • fill the shearer's pen with unshorn sheep
  • keep the mobs of sheep separate
  • blend different types of wool


Skills & knowledge

Wool pressers need to have:

  • knowledge of how to operate and maintain wool-pressing equipment
  • knowledge of different wool types
  • knowledge of export packaging standards
  • excellent organisational skills
  • practical skills
  • animal-handling skills
  • basic maths skills


Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements to become a wool presser and most skills are learned on the job, or through a training course provided by Tectra

A driver's licence is useful.


Training on the job

Wool pressers may attend wool pressing courses, which are available through the Agriculture Industry Training Organisation and Tectra Ltd.


Useful experience

Work with livestock or as a woolhandler is helpful, as is any shearing shed experience.



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