Jason Murray teaches four-year-old Jake Elms how to shear.
Jason Murray teaches four-year-old Jake Elms how to shear. Chantel Renae Photography

Taste of agriculture for city kid

A WOOL classing aunty from Meandarra was just the ticket in giving this city kid an authentic rural experience.

Brisbane boy Jake Elms had plenty to talk about when he went back to daycare after spending time with his aunt Chantel McAlister on sheep property Sutton Grange.

Jake's mum Kirsty Elms said her son learnt all the processes of producing wool during their stay on the farm.

"So he basically saw from the sheep out in the paddocks until when the wool was all packaged and ready to go on the truck,” she said.

"He helps mustering up the sheep, putting them into all their yards, pushing them up into the shed to get them ready to shear.

"He yells out 'C'mon!' out loud to move them along.”

Although it was mostly a fun family trip, Kirsty said Jake learnt valuable information about where his fibre came from.

The hands-on lesson is one he will share with all his friends at home in Brisbane suburb, Mt Gravatt.

His mum Kirsty said she was looking forward to her son having more of a taste of agriculture as he grew older.

"When he is older and can go out on school holidays he will be able to be more hands-on,” she said.

"I think it's much better than the Xbox or iPads... and it will keep him out of trouble.”

Lucky for the Elms, aunty Chantel is also an accomplished rural photographer, operating under Chantel Renae Photography, so they have plenty of keepsakes.

Meeting Hercules the donkey, and Bertie were highlights for Jake. He even had a lesson in shearing, using his toy sheep Shaun, from shearer Jason Murray.



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