• RICHARD COOLE

           Sheep have always been part of Richard’s Coole family and he is happily carrying on the tradition at ‘Glenerin’, Franklin WA. There was never a hesitation for Richard about what he wanted to do with his life. As soon as he finished his schooling, he knew he was going to be a woolgrower and that he was going to do it well. Armed with tertiary studies and agricultural knowledge passed down from his father, Richard had laid solid foundations for his farming future. Education is key for Richard and a heavy focus is on the science of his sheep make up, biology and animal health.  His stud sheep are…

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    PATRICK O’BRIEN

    Patrick, 23 wants to be a shearer, plain and simple. But, he knows that you can’t just start at the top so he’s working his way up there. In September 2016 he started working for N K Shearing out of Benalla, Victoria as a woolhandler and knew straight away that this wasn’t the life for him. He had his sights set on something bigger, more personally challenging. He knew after a week and a half that he was going to be a shearer. Putting in his time as a rousy and presser, Patrick enrolled himself in a shearing school in March 2017 to gain more experience and get those basic…

  • Nathan Van Elk

    VAN ELK BOYS

         The Van Elk boys are walking in their dad’s footsteps and determined to carry on the family’s name in the wool industry. (Pictured: Nathan Van Elk) Nathan and Aaron have grown up in the woolsheds with their shearing contracting parents, Karen and Nick Van Elk. Based in the small rural Victorian town of Benalla, these boys have inherited their parents tenacious work ethic. (Pictured L to R : Aaron, Nick & Nathan Van Elk) Aaron, like most shearers started his career as a woolhandler. Moving on quickly, he graduated from a shearing school and onto full time shearing in June 2016. Since then he’s been chasing numbers and (when I…

  • PERILLUP ESTATE, MOUNT BARKER

        (Left to Right: Mostyn & Dean) Perillup Estate was founded in 1961 by Mostyn Trotter. With no farming background to speak of, he threw himself into the thick of farming and has established a successful merino stud. Starting out with Merryville Rams, Perillup Estate has made the shift into Multi purpose merinos and also into new hands, Mostyn’s son, Dean. Not quite following in his fathers footsteps, Dean put in a bit of  time studying at Ag College. Pulling the plug before graduating, he went out and gained real life farming experience back at home and during his year abroad at a beef and cropping property in Canada. Returning…

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    JESS PARKER

    Jess Parker, 20 has just started her wool industry career and she plans on staying. While working at her local pub in August 2015, a woolhander walked in and offered her a job with NK Shearing, Benalla VIC. There was not much hesitation from Jess and she threw herself right in the thick of it. She already had a little bit of woolhandling experience from her highschool days – taking a day off here and there to lend a hand in the sheds. She now works full time and is one of her teams most valued woolhandlers. Her sights are set on becoming a woolclasser and she is already well…

  • PETER JOKICH

    A shearing contractor out of Northam, Western Australia, Peter’s a pretty straight shooting guy. When asked how he came about working in the wool industry his answer is simple, ‘My older brother was a shearer and I went to some sheds with him. I saw how easy he got it, so I thought I’d do it’. And that’s exactly what he did. 35 years on he is still running his shearing contracting business 10 months of the year and will take on a stand when one’s free. The only one in his family now left in the wool industry, he may well be the end of an era for the…

  • WONGAMINE, NORTHAM

      Sixth generation farmer, Wayne Smith is a man with a plan. Running ‘Wongamine’, a sheep and cropping property out of Northam WA Wayne has his sights set on the long range. The breeding and flock direction he takes on today are all leading up to a viable farming future for his three sons. Previously breeding merinos with a main purpose of bale filling fleeces, he has shifted with the market and has taken his flock in the direction of an easy care, multi purpose merino. The Collinsville frame with a Peppin infusion brings in a medium, soft wool harvest with a heavy carcass. The risk of wool growing has…

  • ASHLEY BEST

      The barefoot rousy. Watching this little pocket rocket glide around the woolshed with ease is like watching choreography. She makes it look easy, but it has taken years of practice. Five to be precise. When Ash is in the shed it’s hard to keep up with what her next move is. Broom in hand and constantly moving, her board work is impeccable. Every part of her is working, right down to her toes, seriously. While many woolhandlers are taught to sort and pick up wool with their hands and broom, this New Zealand trained little gun doesn’t just stop there. Her feet and toes streamline her board work even…

  • SCOTT JONES

    Scott Jones may well be the only one of his kind. He’s not only  a masterclasser but a biochemist.   You may be thinking how on earth could these two jobs work in together, well Scott reckons they intertwine perfectly. Working in the woolsheds since 17, Scott knew exactly what he wanted to be when he finished school – a woolclasser. So, that’s what he did. Travelling across states following his woolclassing work, Scott had found a life he loved. Then the wool market crashed. So, he did what he had to do – hung up his stencil and jumped into university life. His curious nature and thirst for knowledge…

  • BEN & ESTHER CREEK

        It’s a love thing out at ‘Tintara’, Boyup Brook and you can just feel it when you are there. Walking around Tintara there’s a real homey feel to it. Friendly working dogs, sheep who come running when they sight you, cows mooing in the distance. And Ben and Esther Creek in total marital bliss. Esther has one of those kind faces and a compassionate heart to match. Not from a family farming background, Esther has had to learn all of the many, many ropes of running a farm over the years. Her love for the land and even deeper love for her animals has seen her blossom in…

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