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TAS Country : November 11th 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010 Tasmanian Country 7 News Quick-shearers eye rich prize JENNIFER CRAWLEY GUN SHEARER: Whitefoord's Josh Hazlewood. TOP MONEY: Michelle Walker and pacer rider Tony Pullicino are gearing up for the quick-shear contest at the Carrick Pacing Club. ROSS MARSDEN THE richest quick-shear competition in the state will take place during the Carrick Pacing Club's twilight meeting on November 20. First prize in the open division is $1000 and a trophy. The winner of the intermediate division will take home $300 and a trophy. Comb kits worth $150 will be given to minor placegetters. Carrick Pacing Club secretary Sand- ra Rybarczyk said sponsorship by Tasmanian business Powell Agri- business at Tunbridge made the com- petition the richest in the state and the second richest in the country. ''Shearers can enter on the day,'' Ms Rybarczyk said. And she expects up to 40 shearers to turn up, because of the good prize- money. The secretary of Sports Shear Tas- mania, Michelle Walker, lives at Car- rick and is the organiser of the competition. She said she was happy to help out the pacing club with the staging of the shearing competition because it enhanced the image of the sport. She said Sports Shear Tasmania had worked hard to change community perception of the sport. ''Quick-shearing was once frowned upon because of the damage to sheep,'' Ms Walker said. ''It was really rough with no quality control.'' Sport Shear has introduced regulat- ory measures where the sheep are crutched out and belly wool taken off before the competition. ''Shearers will be judged on the quality but the main emphasis is on how quick they do it,'' Ms Walker said. ''If they cut the sheep or leave too much wool on they will be disqualified.'' Contestants will shear a sheep each and the person who shears the quickest and the cleanest wins. Judges Winston Flood, from Cleveland, and Jessy Phillips, from Branxholm, will preside over the com- petition. Ms Walker said sports shear compe- titions brought entertainment and a social aspect to the sport. ''It's one way to get a lot of people to see shearing,'' she said. Fifty cross-bred lambs from Michel- le's father Gill Walker's property at Carrick will be shorn for the compe- tition. ''It's my way of getting the whole mob shorn because we get so many shorn he has to even them out,'' Ms Walker said. ''Everyone's a bit happier about the wool industry and shearing in general.'' She said organ- isers were hoping Whitefoord gun shearer Josh Hazle- wood would compete on the day. The Sports Shear quick shear compe- tition at the Carrick Pacing Club is at 4pm on November 20. The AJF provides rewards of up to $30,000 for information that leads to a successful prosecution or signi cant animal welfare outcome as judged by the AJF. ADVERTISEMENT Have you witnessed animal cruelty in your workplace? The Animal Justice Fund would like to hear from you. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org TO PROVIDE INFORMATION: or call: 0457 448 419 www.AnimalJusticeFund.org Authorised by Tim Morris MP, Shop 9 Covehill Rd, Bridgewater 7030 Tim Morris MP Member for Lyons Delivering a Commonsense Approach for Lyons o o e ill , ri ge ater (03) 6263 3801 greens arliament.tas.go .a .tas.greens.org.a 2061187-100917 Advertisement IN AN ELECTRICITY EMERGENCY CALL 13 2004 DON T DIE LOOK UP LOOK OUT AGEN3381rj Aurora Energy Pty Ltd ABN 85 082 464 622
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