Shearing puts country into town
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.
"The competition is divided into four sections so everyone has a chance to take home a prize and a ribbon," he said.
"It's a great chance for town people to see some proper shearing in a woolshed setting."
Mr Skinner said the Warwick Show shearing competition attracted plenty of shearers because it had more than $2000 worth of trophies and cash on offer.
"This makes Warwick Show the richest clean shear in Queensland and among the best shearing competitions throughout a much wider region," he said.
Heats in the novice competition will start at 10am today with big cross-bred lambs provided by the Gross family. Finals will be held from 2pm, as will the "old buffers" competition, the over 50s.
Presentations should take place from 2.45pm.
Shearers are able to enter on the day and further inquiries may be directed to Mr Skinner on 0427 612 087.