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Beyond the Bale : December 2017
COMPETITIONS PROMOTE EXCELLENCE AWI’s sheep industry specialist Stuart Hodgson (back left) with students from St Stanislaus’ College, Bathurst, at a sheep classing workshop held in May. NATIONAL SHEARING FINAL 1. Daniel McIntyre (NSW) 102.72 2. Jason Wingfield (Vic) 104.72 3. Shannon Warnest (SA) 105.58 4. Justin Dolphin (SA) 108.22 5. Nathan Meaney (SA) 108.72 6. Dan Mraz (Vic) 126.10 NATIONAL BLADES FINAL 1. Ken French (Vic) 63.22 2. John Dalla (SA) 63.90 3. Andrew Murray (NSW) 101.73 4. Terry Rowbottom (Vic) 103.48 5. Shaun Wilson (NSW) 109.50 6. Leearna Cook (Vic) 116.58 NATIONAL WOOLHANDLING FINAL 1. Mel Morris (Tas) 39.23 2. Sophie Huf (Vic) 45.53 3. Aroha Garvin (WA) 49.03 4. Janise Hebberman (SA) 56.13 5. Kelly Hazel (Tas) 63.90 6. Bruce Lines (Qld) 65.30 NATIONAL TEAM FINALS 1. Tasmania 80.67 2. Victoria 95.82 3. Western Australia 102.78 TRANS-TASMAN SHEARING TEST 1. Australia 247.47 Daniel McIntyre 80.80 Shannon Warnest 81.92 Jason Wingfield 84.75 2. New Zealand 290.67 John Kirkpatrick 93.87 Troy Pypor 95.05 Rowland Smith 101.75 TRANS-TASMAN BLADES TEST 1. New Zealand 156.40 Tony Dobbs 75.22 Phil Oldfield 81.18 2. Australia 164.23 Ken French 80.28 John Dalla 83.95 TRANS-TASMAN WOOLHANDLING TEST 1. New Zealand 30.90 Joel Henare Maryanne Baty 2. Australia 37.55 Mel Morris Sophie Huf The next Trans-Tasman Test will be held at the Golden Shears in Masterton, New Zealand, in March. 2017 NATIONAL SHEARING AND WOOLHANDLING CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS TRANS-TASMAN TEST RESULTS AWI provides support to shearing and woolhandling competitions at local, state and national levels. The aim is promote excellence and encourage better techniques in shearing and woolhandling. AWI once again sponsored the National Shearing and Woolhandling Championships and Trans-Tasman Tests, which were held this year at Bendigo in Victoria in October. In addition to these competitions at the event, a highlight was AWI mentoring workshops at which novice, intermediate and senior wool handlers and shearers had the opportunity to learn and refine their skills from some of the very best professionals in the country, including shearer trainers Brian Sullivan, Tom Kelly and Arty Hauraki and wool handler trainers Penny Clout and Marion Kelly. They then also had the opportunity to compete in the novice to senior shearing and woolhandling competitions at the event. AWI provides support for these events – plus many local, regional and state shearing and woolhandling competitions across the country – with the main aims of promoting excellence within the shearing industry, and to encourage young people to join the industry. AWI Shearing Industry Training Development Coordinator Jim Murray says AWI is keen to raise the profile and status of the shearing industry by enabling participation in well conducted shearing and woolhandling competitions. “Competitions help encourage better techniques in shearing and woolhandling, which is for the benefit of the woolgrowing industry from which they derive,” he said. “AWI’s support aims to encourage a quality workforce, an interest in wool, and an appreciation of the art and skill of shearers and wool handlers. AWI’s financial support for competitions makes a significant impact on the viability of many competitions.” AWI mentoring workshops were also held at the National Shearing and Woolhandling Championships, with participants having the opportunity to compete in the novice to senior shearing and woolhandling competitions. Pictured are Novice Woolhandling Heats. PHOTO: Flick Wingfield Daniel McIntyre (left) shearing in the National Shearing Final in Bendigo to become the 2017 Australian Champion, taking the crown of 2016 Australian Champion Shannon Warnest (right). PHOTO: Flick Wingfield ON FARM 61