Owners of wool sheds who are just on the cusp of developing their enterprise and commercial infrastructure will have a number of responsibilities to contend with.
As exciting as the venture will be at the early phase, there will be a series of considerations in play as participants think carefully about their next move.
There have been a number of case studies where these entrepreneurs will operate from instinct and make decisions that they believe serve them well, only to backfire later.
Thankfully there are opportunities that will make the development of wool sheds easier to manage in this context.
Let us pass on some key ownership advice for those that want to take control.
Investing in the Essentials
Money has to be afforded to the type of utilities and resources that make modern wool sheds successful. While some bargains can be found in this context, commercial operators should not be shortchanging equipment that is needed to optimise the movement of the stock, their care for feeding, medical needs and shearing to the transportation of the animals through each cycle. From panels and chutes to catchers, halters, shearing utilities, holders, tables, wool presses, handpieces, combs, insulators, implant guns, cutters, pliers and rings amongst other components, it is imperative that outlets have the necessary assets on site to help staff on the ground.
Speaking to Experienced Wool Operators
There is no substitute for experience as far as managing wool sheds are concerned. There will be a certain degree of development and industry change where behaviours and practices from the past no longer apply, but there will be particular approaches that should be outlined when it comes to routines, habits and engagement with the stock across particular cycles. By having open and open conversations with practitioners in this field, it is possible to bounce off ideas and put some myths to bed about what is the best tactic for unique commercial requirements on site.
Having Space for Commercial Growth
Owners who want to be able to optimise these shed operations are advised to keep their options open as much as possible. In most environments, there will be scope to add more shed space to ensure that there is flexibility around supply chain dynamics. While it is healthy to keep expectations at modest levels to begin with, having extra space afforded on the property will allow specialists to expand their shearing operation and tap into more opportunities down the line if those ventures come to fruition with effective planning measures.
Consulting With Regulators & Industry Assessors
Complying with animal safety and workplace safety provisions is something that owners of wool sheds have to remain vigilant about. This applies to the business’s licence status, council clearance, insurance access and beyond. The ability to connect with regulators and industry operators is helpful when there are these responsibilities lying with the individual and the brand and it is worthwhile consulting with them before any unwanted surprises arrive around the corner.
Hiring Quality Management & Staff
The best decision that practitioners can make when it comes to the development of wool sheds is to hire expert staff who are diligent with their application. Handling livestock is a complicated business at the best of times, but issues around feeding, medical access and transportation between shearing sessions is not to be underestimated. By introducing quality candidates and welcoming hard working team members, many of the obstacles that these sheds encounter will be overcome.
Owners are free to do what they like with wool sheds once they take control. Yet there are very unique challenges that the industry throws at professionals in this space. By following these steps, it is possible to be prepared for anything.