• SEVEN

    Every now and then a big personality is born on a farm. Seven is one of them. Born in 2016 as part of a set of triplets, Seven was met with the big wet that had hit his home of ‘Aloeburn’, Boree Creek.  Very few paddocks remained safe from flood waters for the lambing ewes and his farmers, Jodie and Andrew Green had some tough decisions to make for the wellbeing of their flock. Both Seven and his brother were adopted by Jodie and Andrew, giving their sister a more promising start at life. The two young rams were added to the poddy mob, they became part of the special…

  • MERINO COUNTRY

    It was the nineties and the Queensland wool industry was struggling through drought and low wool prices. Searching through stores for Australian wool everyday wear, would have you coming home empty handed. It was a quiet time for Queensland wool, but something was stirring inside of Kerrie Richards. These hard times was the fuel that ignited her idea for merino wool clothing line, ‘Merino Country’. With next to zero traceability of an Australian wool clip from farm to fibre and a lack of affordable everyday wear merino clothing available to the public, Kerrie was smacked in the face with a gaping hole in the Australian clothing industry. Her new business…

  • TAMBO TEDDIES

    Tambo is the oldest town in Western Queensland with a history overflowing with wool and sheep. Once buzzing with shearing teams and huge sheep properties, wild dogs, drought and the wool price crash have forced most woolgrowers to either sell up, or go into cattle. While most have long forgotten the wool industry in the district, there is a business nestled in the main street of town still keeping locals employed in the wool industry and boosting the local economy. Tambo Teddies is a hot spot for tourists travelling out West, however this is not your average outback store full of tourist knick knacks. This is a teddy bear workshop.…

  • THE STEWARTS

    It’s all hands on deck for the Stewart family when shearing time rolls around at ‘Riverview’ Evandale TAS. The kids get a day off school and kept busy in their one stand shed. The shearing shed is an extension built off the side of their storage shed and works a treat. Everyone is assigned their own jobs and although only lasting a day, shearing is the highlight of their farming year. Summer, 11, keeps herself busy stamping butts, skirting fleeces and sweeping the board.  ‘I love jumping in the butts and polishing my boots with the wool. My favourite thing is having pet lambs. I know it’s not possible to…

  • MOLLY CORNISH

    Molly Cornish will make you want to get out there and grab life by the horns, or wool for that matter. I caught up with Molly at her dad’s farm, ‘Crenmore’, at  Oatlands, Tasmania. In the freezing cold temps she graciously braved them for me to get a few shots and humbly told me about her life, loves and what she’s got in store for the future. When most little girls hit their 12th birthday, planning for their future and laying down foundations for their career path goes as far as declaring that they want to be a vet one week and an actress the next. Something a little more…

  • THE BIG DRY

    (Image – ‘Cambo’, Mungindi NSW) The big dry. There’s a lot of things you can regulate, influence and change as a woolgrower. But the rain ain’t one of them. Working across Southern and Outback Queensland for most of my working year in the woolsheds, I experience the highs and lows of the seasons alongside the woolgrowers who I class for. Some days work is called off because not even my 4wd can navigate their black soil driveways to start work. But when the big dry rears its ugly head, there is nothing but sunshine. That moisture sucking, dry heat sunshine. The ground under the sheep’s hooves is cracked and patiently…

  • MIA

    Meet Mia. Cute isn’t she? Don’t tell her that though. She’s a working girl, dedicating her life to penning up, guarding her ute and collecting bones. Starting her life in Hay, NSW, Mia moved in with her family in southern Qld when she was still soft and cuddly. Destined for a life in the woolsheds with her shearer dad and woolclasser mum, there’s hardly been a time in her 6 years that she hasn’t been around sheep. Starting in her shearing team at the bottom of the ranks, she was taken under the wing of the other team dogs and quickly learnt what this penning up gig is all about. She…

  • WHITE GUM WOOL

    When I first walked into Nan’s simple, yet stylish Oatlands home in Tasmania’s southern Midlands, she was unpacking groceries delivered from an organic produce supplier in Hobart. As she spoke of her home, milk formula made from scratch was gently simmering on her stove top for her poddy lamb. This woman had me at hello. Jumping into her electric ATV, she drove me to meet her poddy, her seven dogs and we headed up the hillsides into Nan’s world, ‘White Gum Wool’. Nan has always longed for a life on the land, she has an affinity with the animals surrounding her. Pursuing a career as an oceanographer for the majority…

  • Barega Merinos

    The sheep living at Chris Cocker and Shelley Saunders’s Nile property are happy little vegemites. Their world is meticulously monitored and controlled, but at the same time these wooly beauties are free to just be themselves. Welcome to Barega Merinos. It may come as no surprise that ultrafine and superfine wool is grown at Chris and Shelleys farm, nestled in the northern midlands of Tasmania. When you delve a little deeper, there is so much more to this property than just traditional wool and farming practices. Barega is one of a kind and pathing the way for a new generation of merinos. Coming in at an astonishing 14.2 – 16.5…

  • The War on Wild Dogs

      There is a war raging in outback Qld. Everyday the battle is being fought, not by soldiers, but by everyday Australians. The enemy is growing stronger, smarter, more cunning. This is the war on wild dogs. Imagine this. You are responsible for thousands of lives. Everyday they directly rely on you to keep them safe from harm and healthy. The days seem endless, there are no such things as weekends, holidays or days off. There is no nine to five just daylight and darkness. You have dedicated your life to your work, your home, honouring your heritage. You are an outback Queensland woolgrower. Now imagine falling into bed after a…

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