NZ shearers at Five Forks

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Some of the shearing industry’s big names were at a Five Forks woolshed on Friday to participate in a Tectra workshop.

Farmer, Johnny Fraser, hosted 40-50 people at his property including David Fagan and his son, Jack, and first-ever world champion Scotsman, Tom Wilson.

Lower South Island Tectra training manager, Chas Tohiariki (Riverton) said the workshop was based around competition shearing and woolhandling and many of those present were going on to the Waimate Shears later that evening.

While the day had a learning focus, two shearers and two woolhandlers were to be selected to compete against four competitors from the upper South Island, and would go on to compete in Gore and then competitions in the North Island.

Mr Tohiariki said Jack Fagan, an ex-Tectra apprentice, is shearing in the open competition for the first time this season after having competed in the United Kingdom over the summer.

By LINDA MCCARTHY

PHOTO: LINDA MCCARTHY

PLENTY OF LEARNING: David Fagan, Johnny Fraser, Tom Wilson and Chas Tohiariki.