• Wendy Beer

    ‘Beersheba Farm’, Moorngag VIC

    Australia’s only registered Drysdale Stud – Beersheba Farm, is nestled comfortably in the rolling green hillsides of Moorngag, Victoria. It’ just one of those places that make you want to pack up your life and get lost there forever. There is an air about it, it’s calm, kind and inviting. Much like business owner, Wendy Beer. Take a walk through the paddocks with Wendy and she is the modern day Snow White –   to her sheep and border collies that is. They follow her wherever she goes. There is a mutual respect between Wendy and what could easily be described as her ‘pets’.   A mix of Drysdales, English Leicsters…

  • Seven Kisses

    ‘Aloeburn’, Boree Creek NSW

    Aloeburn has been in the Green family for four generations and is now run by husband and wife team,  Andrew and Jodie Green. Originally a Corriedale stud, Jodie and Andrew have kept up with the times,  due to consumer demand being  the driving force behind the direction of their flock. Aloeburn is now an SRS merino stud and a hands on property, nothing that happens on here is a coincidence, every single move is calculated and researched – they run a tight ship . That’s the only way it could work with their intense breeding and shearing programs. Every 3 months there is a main shearing, two joinings of ewes and…

  • Timothy Coffee

    Timothy Coffee

    Timothy Coffee has been dealt a few tough hands in his life. Once paving his way as a body builder, his dreams were all but shattered when his health took a turn for the worst. Physically restricted and unable to lift what he used to, Tim took on jobs that were kinder to his body. As a landscaper and later a bus driver, he always found himself wanting more. Something more physical. As the doors closed on his two former jobs – both were made redundant, he could easily have been forgiven for just throwing in the towel. Not Tim. His career path may have taken a knock but he…

  • Springfield Ewes 2

    ‘Springfield’, Cootamundra NSW

    ‘Springfield’ has been a lifelong investment for Maurice Hicks, so much so that he knows every single pot hole on his 947 hectare Cootamundra property. It has never just been about growing wool though, it’s about nurturing his sheep and the land that he calls home. Maurice Hicks (right) & Lexi Cesnick (Moses & Son) His knowledge and his belief that great wool starts from the ground up sets a solid foundation for his flock. The stock rotation and cropping regime is so tightly monitored and well planned, his sheep are always kept on the highest quality, nutrionally rich feed possible from his pastures. Opening up the fleece on Maurice’s…

  • JOHN DUNKLEY

    ‘Fairfield’, Forbes NSW

    John and Robyn Dunkley are the woolgrowers from ‘Fairfield’, Forbes. It’s a family thing out there. As soon as John left school he knew exactly what path he wanted to take in life – and it was paved in wool. John did the normal country boy thing, went to school and came back to work on his family’s farm. A simple concept that would see him starting his own sheep enterprise while most others his age were still wondering what they wanted to be when they grew up. Working long days on the farm, John never had a single cent paid to him, instead his father paid him in wethers. From…

  • KIRSTY ELMS

    Kirsty Elms – Tour Assistant Extraordinaire

    Meet Kirsty, The Truth About Wool Nationl Tour project manager and New South Wales road assistant. A mother, wife and full time career woman from Brisbane she selflessly pressed pause on her busy life to hold the first week of this mammoth journey together. Smashing out 18 hour days and covering over 2000km, the last seven days have been physically and mentally demanding. There was a lot of work going on behind the scenes that my superstar assistant nailed that kept the tour running smoothly and kept my sanity intact. Gear caddy, lens changer, contract executor, scribe, day planner, secretary, personal shopper, stylist, computer technician, nutritionist, financial advisor, photographer, videographer,…

  • PETER MAHER

    Peter Maher

    Peter started out as a woolshed all rounder – rousy, classer and penning up. For five years he was happy in his job until he saw bigger things on his horizon and branched out to shearing contracting. He soon figured out that it wasn’t the shearing industry that was fueling his passion, it was actually wool. Under the wing of Geoffrey Beath from Bryton Wool, Peter started his first operation in what he describes as a shed as big as a phone box. His clients were predominantly woolgrowers that he had worked for during his shearing contracting days. Peter’s passion for wool kept on driving him further. He is a…

  • ALLAN QUIRK

    Allan Quirk

    Allan Quirk doesn’t give up. Period. The wool industry is known for being an intensely physcially demanding job and those who dedicate their lives to it are bred tough. Once you get a taste of it, it’s hard to walk away and for Allan Quirk this was true, literally. Allan started his career as a shearer in 1960, he was share farming with his uncles and they were all shearers too, so he followed in their footsteps and gave it a good crack for 36 years. All that wear and tear on his body eventually took its toll and he broke a disc case in his back and crushed his nerves. His…

  • BUNDEMAR SRS

    ‘Bundemar’, Trangie NSW

       ‘Have you heard of SRS Merinos?’ This simple question in 2005 opened up the doors to a whole new outlook on merino sheep breeding for Mick and Angela Day of ‘Bundemar’, Trangie NSW. Mick and Ang have a work smarter, not harder attitude. Take a look around their woolshed and yards and you’ll see a pattern. The wool table is on a lean to help the woolhandlers throw the fleeces out flatter, the (semi) automatic drafter streamlines yard work. They are constantly improving work efficiency, so naturally, easy to shear, low maintenance sheep have become a high priority. Through years of breeding and careful genetic selection the SRS merinos of…

  • A National Tour Is Born

    The birth of the Truth About Wool National Tour is the result of a handful of life experiences all coming together to become my driving force in life and work. I wasn’t always an advocate for wool (gasp!) I grew up in suburban Brisbane having very little knowledge of how wool went from the sheep’s back to those horrible orange, itchy wool blankets my mum would stuff into my sleeping bag during family camping trips. A single glance at a billboard when I was 18, was the start of my campaign for wool, although at the time I had no idea. While pulled up at the lights at a major…

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