Dave Fry has been a sheep-shearing contractor for 25 years and has seen a lot of changes during that time.

He manages a shearing team in the Midwest and Wheatbelt region and says the nature of the shearing industry has changed significantly since he started in the early 1970s.

"Some of the shearers were away for nine months of the year when I first started." He said.

One of the biggest change is the suburban shearing. The team all travel home and live at home rather than in quarters and away.

Dave also describes as a 'huge' drop in sheep numbers.

"Just as well a lot of shearers have got out of the industry otherwise there wouldn't be enough work for the few that are left," he said.

"We work 10-and-a-half-months of the year, and that's good. I've got a farm and that keeps me going for the other six weeks."

Some of his staff have been with him for all of his time as a contractor, while others are fresh young men and women entering the shearing industry for the first time.

Dave Fry says his career in the industry is not over yet.

"I can't afford to retire yet," he laughs

He expects to be in the industry for another 10 or 15 years.

"As long as I can do it I'll keep doing it, I love it."

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