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John & Jo Symons


John and Jo Symons grow 6000 Merinos at Parndana on Kangaroo Island. John began farming in 1961 and loves being in nature and enjoying life.

"Farming can be stressful at times but it really is only as stressful as you make it! It's great to see progress in the land and working with my dogs. There really is no drudgery in everyday work - nothing that I don't enjoy doing. It is important in life to enjoy what you're doing!", John says.

Q. What does it mean to you to know who is wearing your wool?

A. The DNA program is great. Our main aim is to grow wool that can go into good quality products and fits the appropriate market. It is important that buyers know and understand that the wool is grown in an ecological and sustainable way and meets animal welfare standards. We are always trying to improve genetics and the land. It is important that the land is left in a better condition than when we got it! When I got it - it was pretty much unproductive scrub back then. Using the DNA program we can communicate this to consumers.

Q. What would you like to say to the person wearing your wool?

A. Thank You!