George says before shearing starts you need to have the tools of the trade ready. Shearing moccasins (footwear) are a good idea because they prevent the shearer from slipping, give better support and improve the control the shearer has over the sheep. Also, special jeans that have double padding at the front help to protect the shearer's legs. A good supply of combs and cutters is required, and shearing oil, a brush, a screwdriver, sun cream and a tally counter are all useful.

To start, the hand piece is left ready flat on the board in the same place for every sheep. George says it is important that it is never on its side and always flat for safety.