• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

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