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Beyond the Bale : March 2019
63 READERS' PHOTOS TUCKERED OUT Jen Luxford from a property at Yankalilla in South Australia sent in this photo of their son Xavier (nearly three in the picture but has now turned four) who was pretty tuckered out after a day of shearing. Jen said the wool bag looked liked a comfy spot for a kip! WOOLGROWER-LED PROMOTION OF WOOL Susan and Brendan Finnigan of ‘Kia Ora Merino’ at Winslow north of Warambool in Victoria provide wool samples and wool/sheep themed merchandise to their local tourist information centre at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village. This initiative reaches many overseas tourists and Australian travellers, who can learn about Australia’s iconic Merino sheep, feel fine wool and take a souvenir home. Susan encourages other woolgrowers to do the same in their own towns and into capital cities. “Imagine if every tourist visiting Australia touched Australian wool – it’s possible!” LAMB JUMPERS Marie Knight ‘Berrumbuckle’ at Coonabarabran in the Warrumbungle Mountains of NSW started a drought program on Facebook called Lamb Jumpers “Helping Our Farmers”. People from 7 to 103 have knitted, sewn or croquets lamb jumpers that Marie then gave to farmers to help with their poddy lambs. To date more than 40,000 jumpers have been given to farmers. They even have a calendar to raise funds for drought relief with CWA and Rotary. QUALITY WOOL COMMITS TO YOUTH Pictured are young team members of wool broker Quality Wool inspecting the AWTA length and strength testing machine located alongside the core lines at the Quality Wool store in Geelong, Victoria. In a move to help reverse the decline in young people entering the wool industry, the wool broker has created its own pathway for young team members, which has had an immediate impact with the company employing six young staff in five months. A DUSTY DAY’S DRAFTING “Drafting is a little hard when you can’t see the sheep!” said Kate Johnson of ‘Glen-Ora Station’ at Ivanhoe in western NSW, in this post on Instagram. ALL QUIET IN THE SHED The end of another year’s shearing at ‘Mt Pleasant’ at Burra, outside of Queanbeyan in NSW. “All is quiet and still in the shed for another year,” said woolgrower Bill McManus.
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