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Beyond the Bale : September 2016
ON FARM 55 Have you got any interesting photos that you’d like to share with other readers of Beyond the Bale? If so, please email the image and a brief description to the editor of Beyond the Bale Richard Smith at email@example.com. Here are a few photos that we have recently received from readers. PHOTOS! READERS’ WIN!!! If you submit a photo that gets published in Readers’ Photos, you’ll receive an autographed copy of Andrew Chapman’s ‘Woolsheds’. This 216-page hardback book is an invaluable historical record of an Australian icon. It is also available to purchase from www.andrewchapmanphotography.com and good bookshops. BEN KEENAN Laurel Keenan of Bridgetown in Western Australia sent in this photo of her son Ben Keenan with shearer trainer Kevin Gellatly and wool handling trainer Amanda Davis. FEEDING IN THE SNOW Young Farming Champion Adele Offley sent in this photo of feeding sheep in the snow at Laggan near Crookwell on the Southern Tablelands of NSW. IN THE AFTERNOON SUN 14-year-old Edwina Jones of ‘Woodfield’ at Cressy in Tasmania sent in this photo she took of her family’s sheep happily waiting in the afternoon sun to be shorn. STAYING WARM Sarah Vale of ‘Wynvale Corriedale Sheep’ sent in this photo of a Corriedale ram lamb in a coat during cold weather in Orange, NSW. Benjamin Stewart Keenan was born on 20 January 1984 with Down Syndrome and required major open heart surgery when he was an infant. With Ben’s dad being in mining, the family travelled extensively and this has been wonderful for Ben. He loves people and is very social, and has had a very positive impact on people’s lives. Over the years it became very evident that if Ben was interested in doing something he would give it a 100 per cent. This was demonstrated when the family moved to Bridgetown and met up again with Laurel’s cousin, shearer trainer Kevin Gellatly. Ben hit it off immediately with Kevin and his partner Amanda who took Ben out for the occasional half-day in the shearing shed. Ben blew Kevin away with his love of the shed and his abilities to learn. “Ben still amazes me to this day with his hidden talents,” Laurel said. “Just like the day at Rylington Park when he was shown once how to do things. He would watch the board and had it sussed as to which sheep was going to be finished first and was there waiting to pick up the fleece. He would press the fleece like he'd been doing it all his life. He was so at home in that shed. “Then came the time for Kevin to let him shear part of a sheep – Ben listened intently to every instruction that was given to him from Kevin and away he went. That long smooth blow – it still brings goosebumps to me! It was as if he'd done it all before. I guess coming from a wool background myself, I appreciated what Ben had achieved that day. “He has proven to so many people that being Down Syndrome doesn’t mean you cannot learn, you just need people to believe in you and give you that extra bit of time to teach you. And if you teach them the right way the first time, you will never have to reteach that skill.”
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