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The NZ Golden Shears has a new open shearing champion for the second time since 1990.  Paul Avery rolled David Fagan in the open final in Masterton tonight.  Avery, a Taranaki farmer, had been competing at the Golden Shears for 20 years.  His wife and children were at the stadium to share his hugely popular and emotional win. 2005 Golden Shears placings:  Avery, David Fagan, Johnny Kirkpatrick, Digger Balme, Dean Ball, James Fagan.
Earlier, David Fagan won the Wrightson National final, the multi-wool event.  This earnt him a place alongside Grant Smith in the NZ team to the World Champs in Toowoomba in June.
Australia won the annual shearing test at the Golden Shears in Masterton tonight by two points.  The NZ team was Darin Forde, Grant Smith and Johnny Kirkpatrick.  The victorious Aussies were Shannon Warnest, Jason Wingfield, Daniel Mc Intyre                                Click

The new 2005 Golden Shears open woolhandling winner is Gina Nathan from Alexandra. Gina took out the title tonight in Masterton from Sheree Alabaster (2nd), Ronnie Goss(3rd) and Kerryn Herbert(4th).
Gina commented she'd been trying for 17 years to win this event.

It is with sad regret to announce that Gaby Farentino passed away on 13 November 2004 after a sudden illness. Gaby worked for Peter Lyon Shearing in Alexandra for ten years, but also worked for a few other contractors both North and South. She was well known in the Competitions and made contact with a lot of people in our industry. We will miss you Girl!! RIP -  R Murray

The editor and publisher of the Shearing magazine, Des Williams, has been elected onto the committee of the NZ Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators
Dion King shore 826 lambs at Mangatutu Station west of Hastings on 9/11/04 in 9 hours He shore strongly all day on romney ewe lambs with a touch of pumice in the topknot on most of the lambs. He just did it as an unofficial personal best with the rest of the gang shearing a normal day along side him

Rise for Australian shearers in Pastoral Industry Award from 1st November 2004  Click

Australian Workers Union support needle for big sheep  Click
Shearer Training in West Australia now available through credible, up to date, experienced trainers from January 2005. In shed training and workshops using the latest techniques and resources, all for no cost -   click
Katanning Shearing and Woolhandling Competition, West Australia, big success, Open and Speedshear winner, Brett King- York  Intermediate Speedshear Winner Nick Moulden, Open Woolhandling 1st Ora Young
Fred Wybrow passed away 26th October 2005 after a long illness, Fred was a shearing contractor in Otago New Zealand and also Badgingarra Western Australia - Creator of Shear Express chain shearing machine - Sympathy to Rhonda and family
Dion King, of Napier, won the open final at the first Great Raihania Shears, at the Hawke's Bay Show in Hastings, NZ, on Thursday, October 21, 2004. A member of the organising committee returned shearing to the show after an absence of 15 years, Dion was first off the board in the 20-sheep final, and held out John Kirkpatrick, also from Napier, and the great David Fagan, of Te Kuiti, who were second and thirds respectively. The revival of the event was celebrated with it being named The Great Raihania Shears in memory of New Zealand's first great machine shearer, Raihania "The Great" Rimitiriu who won the event in 1902. It has since been reported that was the first machine shearing competition in the World. His grandson, Nolan Raihania, of Mahia, near where The Great Raihania is buried in Northern Hawke's Bay, was present for the event.

  Shearer sets New World shearing record in Western Australia October 3rd - 664 merino lambs using all Supershear equipment - click

Grant Smith wins NZ Merino Championships Click

New Financial Year - Use the most efficient Shearing Employers Payroll Software - Over 100 users in NZ & Australia

Are you interested in Shearing Industry Training in New Zealand workwithwool.com click

Worksafe Inspector visiting shearing sheds in Western Australia July/August Press     Worksafe

shearingworld.com have had many requests due to people spreading lies about Award Shearing rates in Australia - they are not over $2.00   click here and check for yourself

Scottish Blackface Shearing Championships 2004

When I was at school a teacher told us about sheep wearing small boots to prevent foot rot.  We all laughed at his "joke".  He brought into class a small black boot and proved his point.  Unfortunately, I cannot get hold of him now.  
I am hoping to find "someone" who will confirm my story please contact me if you can help   -   email.

Mobile Shearing Units available Click


Workers Compensation Costs are putting employers out of Business - Click for a SOLUTION  - Australia
Lanarkshire Shears 2004 (part of Scottish & Welsh circuit) 5th June results -  Open 1 Hamish Mitchell (Scot), 2 Gavin Mutch,  3 Johnny Kirpatrick (NZ), 4 Wynn Jones (Wales), 5 John Lamb (Scot)  - Senior 1 Michael Logan (Scotland), 2 Alan Longstaff (Ireland),  3 Alan Grant (Scot),  4 Iain Minto (Scot)   -  Intermediate 1st Delwyn Jones (Wales)  -   Junior 1st Richard Wood (Scot)
New Zealand has just had it's largest gathering of merino woolclassers. The first seminar run by NZ Merino specifically for woolclassers was held in Timaru on June 3 and 4 and reported an overwhelming success.
More than 100 classers, owner classers and other interested people attended the event which was sponsored by Merino Inc (merino woolgrowers in NZ). It was the first time a national event specifically for merino classers had been held. The classers attended a range of workshops which covered the practical, market/end use, new developments and technical aspects of classing; visited a topmaking mill; the opportunity for input into a classer forum plus a group dinner with a guest speaker. A show of hands at the end indicated strong support for the event being held each year. For more information www.classerselect.co.nz
Alan Cullen a shearer of note from Euroa, Victoria, passed away suddenly on 29th May. Alan had been receiving treatment for some time but his death came as a great shock. Twice an Australian Shearing Team member and well respected for his excellent work ethic and attitude. Sympathy to his family and relatives

Brooklands a 9 stand woolshed at Tiraumea, West of  Pongeroa burnt to the ground. Built in 1966 by the Timmins Brothers it was focal point for the local community for gatherings and functions click

Bing McDonald, Golden Shears Open Winner 1962 & 1966 has passed away condolences to his family and relatives Click

The Hastings AMP show will once again have a full shearing competition; to be held Labour weekend Oct 28/29th 2004. Contact  Colin - Ph: 06 879 9923 or 06 879 5553 Hastings, New Zealand  email

Tax Issues in Australia and New Zealand

Full sheep are an issue in the shearing industry World wide. More injuries and extra strain on staff are a result.
If Farmers have the shed and yards full of sheep, off food and water, the afternoon before they are shorn there should be no problem. 
NZ ACC  Full sheep poster

Is there really a shearer shortage, as all the sheep get shorn every year all around the World. The only ones that miss are those that were missed in the muster

- New, improved, Supershear Handpiece due out very soon -

Corvette for sale - Click Here

NZ Shearing Champs results - Click

World's Premier Shearing & Woolhandling Competition - Golden Shears,  Masterton New Zealand 4th to the 6th March 2004 - Results - Click

Shearers and Woolhandlers Wanted Click

World Shearing Records Prior to 1983 - Click

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Get your 2004 Shearers Calendar Now

2003 World Woolhandling Champion, Jo Kumeroa shears 400 

18 winners in past 40 odd years click

Kevin Sarre, One of Australia's Greatest Shearers, Sculptor Tribute - Click

PROMOTING the shearing industry by exposing it is the aim of a new calendar issued by photographer Ramona Peters.  The calendar features naked shearing and Woolhandling champions from Australia, New Zealand and other Countries.  World Woolhandling Champions Australian Aroha Garvin and Joanne Kumeroa NZ.  World Shearing Champion David Fagan. World Shearing record Holders, Dion Morrell and Darin Forde.National Champion Hilton Barrett Australia, and other Top Industry People. - Itís about raising the profile of the shearing industry and getting younger people interested in it, says Peters.  Originally from Germany, she says she fell in love with shearing after falling in love with North Canterbury shearer Richard Sampey. Together they set up the Flatmates Art Company and produced the calendar, which Peters says allows them to give something back to the industry as well as the Kiwi Can childrenís organisation, which receives a donation from each calendar sold.  -  Get Yours Now Click Here

Australian Shearers and Woolhandlers get wage rise - Click

To Find a Shearing Contractor in Australia, or Register and be FOUND Click here

2003 Sports Shear Australia National Shearing & Woolhandling Championships winners: Shearer, Shannon Warnest, Woolhandling Aroha Garvin - New Zealand v Australia Trans-Tasman Test: Shearing 1st Australia. Woolhandling 1st Australia Runner-ups New Zealand - Results

Barry Taylor wins NZ Merino Champs at Alexandra for the Third time, 2nd Geoff Holmes, 3rd Tony Coster, 4th Grant Smith, N Stratford, M Te Whata
Australia vs New Zealand Shearing and  Woolhandling Tests and Teams!  -  Don't be fooled. 
The only official Test series are held at the Sports Shear National Championships in Australia, in October, and the return match at the Golden Shears, Masterton, NZ in March each year. The Australian Teams are selected at the Sports Shear National Championships. The NZ Shearing Team members are the Winners of the Golden Fleece Fine Wool Shearing Championships at Alexandra, the Golden Shears Open and the DB National Final at Masterton.
All other so called OZ vs NZ tests, Trans Tasmans etc.
are not sanctioned by Sports Shear Australia or NZ Shearing Sports National Committees

1.34 meter Crayfish, 6.3kgs caught in New Zealand on a line

World Champs 2003 Photos click

3.6 metre Marlin caught from the beach on 30lb line at Mandurah Western Australia

How Big is Australia Click

Dion Morrell finally accepted as a Master Shearer at last, 3 World strong wool ewe records, 1 World merino record, 3 wins  NZ Merino Championships, runner-up Golden shears Open, DB National winner, Australian Champion & many Finals in Open Class, in Australia and New Zealand.  No one in History has such a record on Strong wool and Fine wool Sheep. Congratulations Dion

Workers Compensation Costs are putting employers out of Business - Click for a SOLUTION  - Australia

John Fagan new chairman of Shearing Sports New Zealand

$5,000 1st prize in Rossi Boots Geraldton Quick Shear to Dwayne Black, 2nd Stephen Dodds, 3rd Rick Pivac, 4th Mike Henderson

New Superannuation Guarantee Payment Dates for Australia: Each quarter - Click

World Championships 2005 Toowoomba Queensland Click

New Worker's Compensation changes in, NSW, VIC and SA - Premiums now worked out on Wages plus Super Check it out Click

Shanks, Hocks, Socks are not worth the effort - World Wide - Waste of Time - 5th Sept   -  Click here

World Blade Shearing Championships, Trifecta to South Africa & Lesotho. Elliott Ntsombo, Zweliwile Hans and Samuel Nkomoyi.


 NZ Champs results 2003

David Fagan wins Golden Shears Open for 14th time, J Kirkpatrick runnerup - Click here

New 8 hour world ewe records set on 22th February 2003,  Western Australia   Solo Merino Ewe - Cartwright Terry 466,  2 Stand Cartwright & Michael Terry - 924  - Wool weight 4.8kgs  Click here
New 8 hour World Shearing Record set on 12th February 2003,   3 Stand Merino lamb Record 1208 
- Ken Norman (456), Charles August (377), Patrick Malgase (375) - Set at Visserdam Farm, Trompsburg, South Africa - Wool Weight 1.12kgs - click here
Shearing Employers unsatisfied with Workers Comp in Australia. Is it a Rip Off? Have your say - Click here

Workers Compensation Costs High - Click for a SOLUTION  

8 hour Strong Wool lamb record broken again, Justin Bell 731, 2 stand Justin & Sean Edmonds,  1406 Hawkes Bay, 16/12/2002  - This lamb record has been broken 3 times this year 637, 695 and now 731 -   click

New 8 hour Strong Wool Lamb Record - 695 - 24th Nov 2002 - Dion King

 8 Stand, World 8 hour Merino Lamb Record to Blackwood Shearing of Boyup Brook- 2939 Click 

October 26th Joe Dodd completed 38.5 hrs straight shearing, shore 1002 1st x lambs for Lukemia Foundation

Sports Shear Australia National Shearing Championships Results Click

 New 8 hour World Merino Lamb Records - 570 solo Dwayne Black, 2 stand Dwayne & Troy Stansbury 1079 - Press 

New World Cross Bred Lamb record - Trevor Bacon 471  in 8 hours -  Press
1995 Australian National Champion, Dion Morrell wins NZ Fine Wool Champs for the third time, Sharon Lawton Wins Woolhandling Finalists Shearing
Dumbleyung Shearer wins Western Australian Team selection for National Championships in Esperance Results

Rossi Boots 5000 Speed Shear results  Click

AWU Rep for shearing in Western Australia.  Chris Falls from Esperance started 12/8/2002 - Chris a shearer, is a keen advocate of the shearers and Woolhandlers, and has a new approach to help the industry improve for everyone - Good Luck Chris Ph: (+61) 08 9071 4856 - 0427 420 293
Brian Quinn (Snow) is the only shearer to win Alexandra Merino, Golden Shears, DB National (Caltex) & the World Championships, as well as set a World Record, he has also received an MBE. He was 60 years old in 2001

Shearing Magazine changed owners, email stories, photos etc to email

NZ Team beat Scotland at Royal Edinburgh Show by 3 points, the third time in the last ten years, D Fagan won the Open, 2nd H Mitchell, 3rd C Terry, 4th T Wilson
Damian Hogan shore 659 Merino Ewes in 21 hours from 7.30am Wednesday 3rd July to 11.30am Thursday 4th July to raise money for friend Cerebal Palsy Sufferer Ashley Shepherd. He also gets his name in the Guinness Book of Records - Sheep from Philip Bade's Hamilton, Victoria
Australian Shearers, only $130 for a Shearing course with Woolpro, New Zealand     email   Ph: (+64) 03 325 7260
Maori All Blacks, and Shearers -  Click here        Perth Western Australia June
2000 World Shearing Champion, Shannon James Warnest, Willalooka, South Australia,  Awarded the OAM,  Medal of the Order of Australia, in the Queens Birthday Honours
Competitions Northern Ireland - Click here
Ex Governor General Shearing at Blackall Wool Scour Opening - Pics
Fagan Wins at Te Kuiti for 12th time - Click Here
Australian shearers show how it's done at CHOGM.  Prime Minister, John Howard receives Gold Handpiece from Supershear Pics
New Zealand Shearing contractors are in the midst of a shortage of staff, with not enough shearers to go around
National Sheep Shearing & Woolhandling Championships, Bloemfontein, South Africa - February  - email
Australia wins Trans Tasman Shearing Test in New Zealand 2002, New winner of Open 2002 Results 
Female shearers who would like to know others, for supports and more recognition for women contact Michaela -  email
Timaru shearer Grant Black breaks 8 hour lamb record, 637                Press
Supershear shearers, Supershear has changed owners and is now Supershear Press
Alternative Shearing methods continue to get millions of dollars funding, when nothing commercially viable has ever come out of these schemes to date - New Zealand born shearing staff dominate all over the shearing world,  due to money spent on TRAINING and COMPETITIONS, changing attitudes, good work ethics and shearing patterns, with less strain on the individuals body. Therefore the price of shearing to the woolgrower is very competitive and low  due to improved output and also higher quality - Where are dollars better spent, on training or on expensive alternative white elephants -   Press release
Hilton Barrett New World  8 hour Merino Ewe Record, - 1st Run=105, 2nd Run=99, 3rd Run=105, 4th Run=102,  Total= 411  -  Rating 16.79  Wellington,  New South Wales 15/12/2001  
Ensure your computer virus program is updated very regularly, as there are many out there who are spreading viruses through emails mostly - shearingworld has many every day from these idiots but they are picked up and deleted before they do damage
Brother & Sister win Open events. Darin Forde, Winton, won the Open Shearing and sister Bernadette Forde won the Open Woolhandling at the Invercargill Show. December 8th, Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand pics
For Sale Page Here/Now

Where was the Jet Boat Invented Click here

Dave Summers (Qld) wins National Woolhandling Champion, also Manager of the Winning Australian Shearing Team in the Trans-Tasman Test against New Zealand - (Results)

Competitors at Shearing, Woolhandling, Woolpressing, and  Quickshear competitions, have opportunities to Win:
Money, Trips, Titles, and Glory; Some may need to remember: Judges and organisers do not get: Paid, Titles, Trips or Glory. They are voluntary, don't care who wins, and do it because they are asked. If competitors disagree, as in other sports, the Referee, Umpire, or judges decision is final An Alternative "The Competitors judge themselves"

In 1999-2000 Australia shipped 5.5 million live sheep and lambs to the Middle East, including 3.8 million from WA worth $150 million. Exports from January to October were 16 per cent higher than the previous year, with Kuwait taking 1.17 million sheep and lambs, the United Arab Emirates taking 661,000 head, Jordan 646,000 and Saudi Arabia 458,000

Western Mining owned sheep properties will not allow shearer's grinders on their properties without guards. Western Australia 2nd week August

Shearer electrocuted in Queensland, serious damage sustained. Back aid touched bare live wire of ceiling fan, farmer advised before it occurred, and took no action. Govt investigations taking place. Barcaldine 2nd week August            Solution                                             Shearing Posters

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