All hands on deck to beat the rain

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July shearing was in full swing last week at Macinnes family's wool shed in Brookton.

Third-generation woolgrower Geoff Macinnes said he was keeping up the tradition his of grandfather, Duncan, who had handed the flock over to Geoff's father, Allan.

"We are still running Willemenup Poll bloodlines, as did grandad," Geoff said.

"The bloodline is holding true to type and we are running very productive sheep."

Geoff and his wife, Jonica, farm with their children, Mason, 16, Venetia, 15, and Jake, 10.

"Dad is also still giving me a hand when we shear," Geoff said.

Last week, the Macinnes family and their shearing team were racing against a potential adverse weather forecast and, with 4600 sheep to put through the shed, it was all hands on deck.

Shearer Luke Parsons finished his quota of 200 sheep on Friday but said he would return on Saturday to put in another big day at the shed. "The wool was coming off nicely," Luke said.

Woolclasser Claire Blechynden, 21, of Pingelly, was classing for the first time at the Macinnes wool shed.

"I only just recently completed a woolclassing certificate," she said.

Claire said the Macinnes ABM/BKT clip was a very even line to class.

Shearing contractor Graham Stevens said Claire was one of the best young classers in the State.

"She really enjoys the work," he said.

Geoff said he expected an average 100-bale clip this year.

Since taking the reins he has added 630 hectares of leased property to the existing 850ha on the home farm.

"We manage a 60/40 sheep/cropping program," Geoff said.

"I am hoping the wool sales open from the recess with positive prices."

Geoff said last year the family's clip received top prices, around 1400 cents/kg greasy, but he does not expect the same when Primaries markets the family's 20.5-micron average wool in August.

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