• Aaaand We’re Back

    Do you remember when I attempted to travel right across Australia on a (largely) self funded road trip for my Truth About Wool campaign? I could never forget. It was some of the most fulfilling, challenging and liberating days of my personal and professional life. I miss it. When I first started out on my cross country campaign I was incredibly ambitious in the thought that I could cover the entire wool industry and tell it’s full story in around six months. Financial strain took it’s toll after three (staggered) moths of being on the road with no income and I hesitantly and sadly pulled the reins on touring to…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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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    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…

  • 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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