• 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…

  • DANNY HERBERT

    Danny Herbert from Tasmania may be in a little bit of strife with the wife when he returns back home from the mainland. Making a quick three week trip over the Tasman from his home in Campbelltown, Danny was on a mission to pick up a mate and head back home. That was a couple of months ago now and he’s not quite ready to leave the picturesque sheep district of Northam, WA just yet. He just  loves what he does. Taking up shearing at 21 he’s mastered his art. With a personal best of 302 sheep shorn in a day, it’s the physical side of the job that has…

  • RACHEAL BOYCE

    Racheal Boyce has a tenacious work ethic and drive to provide for her family. So much so that this  has seen her waters break while woolhandling. Not once, but twice. Fast forward six weeks after giving birth and Racheal is back running up and down the board. This passionate woolhandler has the shearing industry in her blood. The daughter of a shearer and sister of a woolclasser, she’s been following in her family’s footsteps since she was sixteen years old. Now, 29 and a mother, she is still in the sheds and throwing herself into her woolshed career. It’s a balancing act for Racheal, but over the last ten years…

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