• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • GWENDOLYN ADAMS

           ‘Leighlands’ at Evandale TAS is something out of a travel brochure. While sitting at Gwendolyn Adams kitchen table chatting over a cup of tea and anzac bikkie, we looked out over her rolling hillsides at her merinos grazing and soaking up the warm sun. Hay was scattered across the hilltops. It was easy to see why Gwendolyn has made this beautiful slice of Tasmania her home. It was the mid 1900’s and Gwendolyn was living the life expected of a female of her time – marrying young and working in an office. Her life was turned upside down at 30 years of old, when she was called back home…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Chant on Tour - Aloeburn 2

    Tour Leg One – That’s A Wrap!

    The first leg of The Truth About Wool National Tour has officially wrapped up! Starting at Trangie, in the Central West of New South Wales and ending in the Western districts of Victoria, two states were covered, 20 farms visited and over 4500km travelled. The tour was created to educate the world on our wool industry and give a bit of recognition to all of the people (and animals) who contribute. What I didn’t know when I started was that even I would be learning so much more about the wool pipeline and what drives people to dedicate their lives to our industry. One question that I always asked people…

  • Naomi, Audrey, Kenny & Paddy

    Naomi McLennan

    Watching Naomi walking around her Terip Terip property, ‘Arrabri’ with her three dogs, Audrey, Kenny and Paddy, you can almost hear the land under her feet talking to her. She has a spiritual connection with the land, like they were meant to be. It’s the land she has known her whole life and the land that she has made a life from. Her parents, Bruce and Denise live just around the corner at Taradale. They too are running their own farm and still work closely with Naomi on a daily basis. While the general rule is, never work with friends or family, Naomi and her folks are a refreshing exception…

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