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Beyond the Bale : September 2014
ON FARM 37 FINGAL, TAS 1 MARCH 2014 The Fingal Valley Festival, incorporating the Strong Wool Shearing and Wool Handling Championship, was held on a glorious hot sunny day this year. The events attracted 30 competitors across six events, with two competitors from Victoria. Frenece Banovich of Mangalore competing in the Novice Woolhandling event with David Johnston of Meander in the Intermediate Shearing event. YANCO AGRICULTURAL HIGH SCHOOL, NSW 15 MARCH 2014 The second annual shearing competition held at Yanco Agricultural High School was hailed a complete success with 28 participants competing, the vast majority from the High School itself. There were 19 competitors in the Learners section. An inaugural Novice Woolhandler section was introduced this year. A team shearing event proved to be popular with seven teams of three competing, including an all-female team. The all-female team of Nicki Guttler, her mother Helen Guttler and Deanna Johnston who competed in the team shearing event. BALMORAL, VIC 15 MARCH 2014 The AWN Balmoral Sports Shear Shearing and Woolhandling competition attracted 36 participants, who had the opportunity to compete alongside Australian representatives Sarah Moran in the woolhandling and Ken French in the blades shearing. Jake Brazendale of Horsham came first in the Learners Shearing section. WILLIAMS, WA 12 APRIL 2014 The 2014 Farm Weekly Williams Expo Shears continues to increase its numbers each year and this year 32 shearers participated in the various sections. There were 11 shearers participating in the Novice Shearing event. Williams Gateway Expo Farm Weekly Shears organiser Gavin Fowler (left) congratulates the winners of the Novice Shearing event Mathew Lane, Wongan Hills (first place), Rivers Hyde, Ongerup (second), Curtis Mackin, Tammin (third) and Braydan Curtin, Ongerup (fourth).