Kelvin Madden retires after 50 years shearing sheep as the wool industry surges

Oliver Jacques
Updated April 5 2017 - 4:51pm, first published 4:30pm

A 50-year career with an ‘average of 120’ would be considered amazing stats in any sport or profession. But when it comes to something as taxing on the human body as shearing, it’s almost unbelievable. 

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Oliver Jacques

Oliver Jacques


Moved to Griffith as a refugee from Sydney traffic and housing prices. Previously freelanced for The Guardian, ABC, SBS and Daily Telegraph. Email story ideas to

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