16 Jul 2009

Less work for Maori shearers

6:48 am on 16 July 2009

One of the country's largest Maori shearing contractors fears low sheep numbers could cripple its workforce.

Koro Mullins from Dannevirke-based Paewai Mullins says the sector is going through tough times with low wool prices putting pressure on farmers and shearers alike.

He told Waatea News he's got work for only about a dozen shearers, well down on previous years and he fears that they could be lost across the Tasman.