A successful workshop brought shearers and woolhandlers to Naracoorte on Sunday so they could learn some more tricks of the trade.
SCAA Shearer Woolhandler Training Inc held an Australian Wool Innovations (AWI) Sportshear Shearing and Woolhandling Workshop at Garybanks property owned by local farmer Ben Stark on Sunday.
It was a workshop for Cross Bred Ewe sportshearing and woolhandling, and SCAA Shearer Woolhandler Training Inc chief executive officer Glenn Haynes said it was a great day.
"It was fantastic, it was the first one we've ever done down this way," Mr Haynes said.
He said he will certainly hold another session in this region, given Sunday was such a success.
"We'll definitely do it again...but wait until shearing season.
"We'll do a few more across the state, some on the Eyre Peninsula, the mid-north and toward the York Peninsula."
The trainers included two times shearing world champion Shannon Warnest and Australian representative Justin Dolphin, along with Sportshear Australia's head woolhandling judge Moera Hammonds.
Mr Haynes told the Herald the workshop was a great chance to pick up a few tips and energy savers while shearing or woolhandling.
"I really think it was just the tips to pick up on the quality side, both in the shearing and wool handling and the techniques to make it easier on the body," he said.
The workshop also provided guidance on how to take shortcuts without compromising quality and simultaneously making it easier on the body.
Refining techniques can lift daily tallies and make all the difference, whether competing or in the sheds where every second counts, and quality is critical.
Mr Haynes said the combination of guest trainers "probably doesn't get much better than that", and to improve on Sunday's workshop, he is thinking of having it spread across two days, so participants don't get knocked back.
People from Tasmania, New South Wales, Victoria and even Ireland and Scotland attended the workshop and it was completely booked out in less than one hour.
SCAA Shearer Woolhandler Training Inc's mission is to promote and improve the industry by introducing new people to shearing and woolhandling, and to provide them with skills to further their careers.