• Patrick O'Brien 2

    PATRICK O’BRIEN

    Patrick, 23 wants to be a shearer, plain and simple. But, he knows that you can’t just start at the top so he’s working his way up there. In September 2016 he started working for N K Shearing out of Benalla, Victoria as a woolhandler and knew straight away that this wasn’t the life for him. He had his sights set on something bigger, more personally challenging. He knew after a week and a half that he was going to be a shearer. Putting in his time as a rousy and presser, Patrick enrolled himself in a shearing school in March 2017 to gain more experience and get those basic…

  • Jess Parker 3

    JESS PARKER

    Jess Parker, 20 has just started her wool industry career and she plans on staying. While working at her local pub in August 2015, a woolhander walked in and offered her a job with NK Shearing, Benalla VIC. There was not much hesitation from Jess and she threw herself right in the thick of it. She already had a little bit of woolhandling experience from her highschool days – taking a day off here and there to lend a hand in the sheds. She now works full time and is one of her teams most valued woolhandlers. Her sights are set on becoming a woolclasser and she is already well…

  • 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…

  • 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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