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Wool Classer

Kaimāhiti Wūru

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Wool classers sort wool into categories according to breed of sheep, age, colour, length and micron (fibre thickness). They ensure contamination is removed from the wool, and complete identification and documentation prior to sale.


Wool classers are usually paid per fleece, but typically earn the equivalent of

$35-$55 per hour

Source: New Zealand Wool Classer Association, 2015.

Job opportunities

Chances of getting a job as a wool classer are average – though retirement is creating vacancies, the occupation is small.
A woolhandler tossing a sheep's fleece onto a sorting table

Wool classers sort and grade the fleeces from sheep

Last updated 11 September 2018