Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Shearing Puts Country into Town

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Shearing Puts Country into Town

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THE country really does come to town when the shearers pull into gear at the Warwick Show today.

Show shearing co-ordinator John Skinner said the competition was one way town kids could see what really happened in a shearing shed.

"The competition mirrors what happens every day in the sheds in wool producing areas of Australia, some of which is right on Warwick's south-western doorstep," he said.

"I remember being at school as a kid, over 50 years ago, and nearly everyone was from a farm or had close relatives who were farmers.

"They all knew where milk came from, where their meat, eggs, corn flakes and vegetables came from, it wasn't anything special.

"Today, things are different.

"Even in a rural town like Warwick, very few people have farming relatives and even less get to experience the life away from bitumen roads and town water."

Mr Skinner said today there would be shearers competing who had been in Australian and Queensland teams, as well as novice shearers just starting in the wool harvesting industry. …

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