It used to be click go the shears boys, but the number of women working the shearing sheds has almost doubled in the past decade.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there were 698 in the sheds a decade ago but the number of women doing the toughest job on the land has now rocketed to 1260.
Emma Billett is one of only 96 who are shearers. In the sheds of Egelabra — Australia’s oldest closed sheep stud — the 27-year-old flies through the sheep’s thick wool with ease. The seasoned shearer usually gets through 120 sheep a day, the same as her male counterparts.