The Border Watch : February 6th 2015
10 NEWS VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au Shearers hone skills CHALLENGING WORK: Shearer and kelpie breeder Katelynn Clark prepares a fleece. Petite powerhouse selected to lead demonstration at Blades of Glencoe CONTROLLING sheep that weigh more than she does while keeping one hand free for shearing is all in a day’s work for shearer and kelpie breeder Katelynn Clark. In a physically intimidating industry, Katelynn is a petite powerhouse. Along with 40 other shearers, she will be a star demonstrator at the Blades of Glencoe field day in the historic Glencoe woolshed. Katelynn divides her time between breeding professional kelpie working dogs and following the shearing circuit all over south-eastern Australia. “Our dogs are born and trained to boost productivity on sheep stations, but have a calm and well-mannered temperament,” Katelynn said. “So they are great company for their owners, young kids and the elderly.” The Glencoe Woolshed is fully intact, as it was built in 1863, the era of Click Go the Shears. Proving how important the wool industry was to Australia 75 years after the First Fleet, the woolshed is cathedral sized, with 36 shearing stations, capable of handling 80,000 sheep a year. As it was never converted to mechanised shearing, the Glencoe Woolshed is thought to be unique across the world. The National Trust of South Australia will open the exhibition day from 9am to 4pm on Sunday, March 8, at the Glencoe Woolshed. Food, produce, crafts, music and souvenirs will be available. Tickets will be available at the gate and will cost $12 for adults and $25 for families. EAGER SHEARER: Shearing enthusiast Katelynn Clark picks a fleece inside the historic Glencoe Woolshed. 10 - The Border Watch, Friday, February 6, 2015 WOOL, SWEAT AND TEARS: Katelynn Clark demonstrates the art of shearing with blade shears at Glenoce ahead of the Blades of Glencoe event.
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