Sheep Farmer, Sheep Shearer, Sheep Shearing

Minimum ? No entry barrier, preferably 5th standard pass

Not required

The tasks a Shearer, Sheep is expected to perform include:Collecting sheep at shearing yard

Tying and immobilizing sheep before clipping

Selecting suitable clipping tools

Shearing wool closely and carefully to avoid cutting or nicking its skin

Sewing and disinfecting any cuts caused to the sheep by the hair clipper

Cleaning and washing the sheep after clipping is complete

Maintaining, oiling and sharpening the cutting and clipping tools

Gathering wool in piles according to colour (black or white), quality, etc.Assisting with loading wool and fur into wagons

Delivering wool to the storing yard

Key Competencies

Ability to assess the length and density of wool for shearing

Efficient in differentiating between colour, density and quality of wool

Proficient in usage and maintenance of clipping tools

Knowledge of whether to use clippers with or without combs

Efficient in removing wool with maximum precision and minimum cuts to the sheep

Proficient in keeping ridging and tassels to the minimum

Ability to maintain safety and hygiene of the sheep pre and post clipping

Knowledge of the latest developments related to shearing

Proficient in basic arithmetic

Not applicable

Manual dexterity and stability

Physically fit

Attention to detail

Ability to work independently

Ability to take risks

Hardworking and persistent



Ability to negotiate

Perfect vision

It is a field job

Work from home is not available Part-time jobs and contractual jobs maybe available

May require assisting other Shearing Yard Workers and Helpers

Local travelling is part of the job

Working hours

No fixed working hours

Overtime is common during shedding season

Shift system is applicable

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?No

This job is not considered hazardous or dangerous Health risks include exposure to extreme temperatures, dust, pesticides, fertilizers, faecal matter, chemicals, disinfectants, etc.Occupational hazards include physical strain, injury to body while using sharp tools, etc.

For daily wage workers - INR 90 to INR 340 per day4
(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Wool Industry in India5The Indian wool and woollen textile industry is the seventh largest in the world. The industry employed 2.7 million people in 2010-11 The main woollen items producing states of India are Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. India produced 46.4 million kg of indigenous raw wool during 2013-14. 85 per cent of this was used for carpet manufacturing, which is a major source of export earnings.In 2013-14, wool exports (including wool yarn, fabrics, made-ups and readymade garments of wool) stood at US$ 2326 million. The US and the EU are the major importers of Indian wool and wool-blended products.India is witnessing an overall surge in the wool industry and has great potential for employment opportunities in the near future.


Sheep farm owners

Company-owned sheep farms

Agriculture co-operative organizations

Job openings are in Tier II and Tier III cities6