• STEPHEN SQUIRES

    Stephen ‘Squiz’ Squires is one of those guys that everyone knows in his home state of Western Australia. He’s got this presence in the wool industry that is not only loved, but adrmired. Respected. Chatting to Squiz he’s a pretty laid back guy, one of those who you just fall easily into conversation with and can quite happily stay there for a few hours. I spent two days with him, being chauffeured around the great southern district of WA visiting woolgrowing properties, getting to know him and tapping into his wealth of knowledge of the wool industry. Growing up on the family farm at Mukinbudin in the Central Wheat Belt,…

  • WENDY CHANT

        There are many titles that Wendy Chant falls under. Shearing contractor, mum, woolclasser (at 16 years old), councillor.  But, when you meet this rural woman it’s not about the labels. She has this vibe about her that draws you in. It’s warm and inviting and you instantly feel like part of her family. Wendy grew up over the ditch on a third generation farm in a little country village called Cloyton on the north island of New Zealand. Having settled just outside of Cranbrook, Western Australia she is now raising her three children on her own hobby farm. (Wendy’s Pet Sheep) Being around wool all of her life (starting…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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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