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As soon as the weather starts to turn for the worse, wool returns to the spotlight. Australia is known across the globe to be the source of the finest wool, so in a bid to learn more about the production of our favourite yarn, we chatted to a couple of men who work the land. Here, we talk to Duncan, a shearer, and Todd, a sheep farmer.
Duncan always knew he wanted to be a shearer, so as soon as he finished school, he hopped off to the famous Beaufront station in Ross, Tasmania to attend shearing school.
“As a child, I loved watching the shearers when they came to work at Patterdale, the farm my dad manages,” says Duncan. “The sheds have a great environment and energy; I really enjoy working as part of a big team.
Since then, Duncan has spent his time around the country working the shearing sheds. “I love the physical demand of shearing,” he explains. “A typical day consists of four, two hour work periods, which we call runs, which start at 7:30am, and finish between 5.00-5:30pm. Usually, I shear between 120-220 sheep per day, depending on the type of sheep.”
Originally from South Australia, Todd joined his parents on Bruny Island around ten years ago. He and his family run merino sheep on the sprawling property that overlooks the beautiful coastline.
Joined by his four loyal sheep dogs, Todd spends most of his days outdoors where he attends to the sheep. “Their life is our life”, he says. “Day to day we go around to all the sheep and make sure they’re all healthy and happy. We try to make their life as easy as possible.”