“The cooler working conditions have increased the vibe in the shed, making it a fun place to work. Productivity has increased and everyone leave works happy and satisfied ready to go again the next day”
Sandy MacKenzie, Owner of Plevna Downs Station in Western Queensland has addressed the challenges around climate, labour force and productivity with OZmist fans.
“We run a merino sheep operation in far South West QLD. Maximum Temperatures here generally range from 35 – 45 degrees Celsius from October through until April which makes up over half the year. With our 6 monthly shearing program it is impossible to avoid the warmer months to get shearing done.
We have a Timber framed, iron sheeted shearing shed that would heat up like a sauna by lunch time most days.
Productivity suffers and most importantly the general happiness and well being of the staff working the shed suffers. A happy and safe workplace is high priority to us.
Shearing/Wool Handling is a very physically demanding job at the best of times so to expect people to work in those conditions in unacceptable in this day and age.
To address this problem we installed an Ozmist system with 3 misting fans. It was easy to install myself in only an hour or so and is a very affordable option. All you need is a power point and water supply and you’re right to go.
We received an instant positive response from the shearing team, they were thrilled at the upgrade. The considerable drop in the overall temperature of the shed plus a blast of cool air each time you turn around to grab another sheep or throw another fleece was priceless, especially when it came to the afternoon sessions.
The cooler working conditions have increased the vibe in the shed, making it a fun place to work. Productivity has increased and everyone leave works happy and satisfied ready to go again the next day.
If they’re happy, we’re happy!
We highly recommend the OZmist system, and it is very versatile as you can add more fans at any time or move them to a different area making sure you have the cool air where you need it most.”
Sandy MacKenzie, station owner.