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German shearer loving southern way of life
shows the style
which got him in
to the semifinals
in the junior class
By JENNY CAMPBELL
well worth it
It's a big shift for Jan Hartmann,
28, from being a steel sales agent
in Germany for one of the biggest
steel companies in the world, to
shearing in New Zealand.
''For a lifestyle change at home I
did a lambing beat and was also a
part-time sheep dog trainer,'' he
Three years ago he left home,
near the Black Forest in Southern
Germany for a lambing beat and
some shearing in the Waikaka
Valley with Donald Morrison.
Donald sent him to the Tectra
shearing school for technique and
skills help and he went on to press
for Darrin Forde at Winton and
Tony Michelle at Milton, staying
with shearing judge Geoffrey
Finch who gave him some private
''In March 2010 I competed at
Masterton's Golden Shears, hav-
ing only shorn 746 sheep till then.
''I got in to the semifinal in the
novice class, placed eighth out of
42, which was the most awesome
and unexpected experience of my
Back in Germany Jan shore on
lifestyle blocks with five to 10
sheep, hanging his machine in a
tree and using a carpet as a board.
His heading dog, which he took
back from New Zealand, helped
catch the sheep in the paddock.
''Mostly the sheep are not emptied
out or dagged and have nice long
''I appreciate how farmers here
present their sheep for shearing.''
In Germany he achieved fourth in
the junior shearing, third in the
open wool handling and won the
cleanest shearing prize in Switz-
erland in an international compe-
When he returned to New Zealand
last November another Tectra
school helped get his footwork
and rhythm right to ensure bigger
''My best tally is 185.
''I appreciate everyone giving me
the opportunity to work here,
especially Jock Martin from
Lawrence who first let me shear a
This time he has brought his
girlfriend, Jana Juppe, an archi-
tect by trade, who is enjoying
working in the woolsheds.
When he returns home in April
he will organise his own shearing
run in Southern Germany and
''We have been welcomed here
and I am enjoying renewing
friendships, seeing shearers'
development and meeting up with
the Morrisons,'' Mr Hartmann
''I am going on the shearing
competition circuit to improve
my technique and also catching
up with friends,'' he said.
''I just missed out on being in the
junior finals at Northern South-
land Community shears at North
Range last Friday but I am very
pleased I got good quality and
MP delighted with
new Cabinet job
By GERALD PIDDOCK
DELIGHTED: Jo Goodhew has been
named the new associate minister for
The rural sector has been the
heart of my life and certainly
has been for the Rangitata
--- Primary Industries associate
minister Jo Goodhew
Jo Goodhew will be swapping her
high heels for gumboots a lot more
after being named the new associate
minister for Primary Industries.
The appointment came after Prime
Minister John Key announced a
Cabinet reshuffle last week.
Primary Industries Minister David
Carter will step down after being
nominated as the new Speaker of the
Mr Carter's portfolio has been taken
by Primary Industries Associate
Minister Nathan Guy.
Mrs Goodhew said she was delighted
to have been given the portfolio after
Mr Key phoned her and asked her to
take up the role.
''It's going to be a lot of work, but it's
the heart of my electorate.
''The rural sector has been the heart
of my life and certainly has been for
the Rangitata electorate.''
Mrs Goodhew said she was looking
forward to working with Mr Guy.
She said they would meet when the
House sat next week to discuss
delegating responsibilities within
Mrs Goodhew is also the associate
minister for Health and minister for
Senior Citizens, Women's Affairs,
and for the Community and Volun-
tary Sector. She remains a minister
outside the Cabinet.
She was confident the nature of her
work within her electorate made her
aware of concerns facing the
primary sector. ''As a minister you
need to start from scratch and do all
of the reading to come up to speed.
''That's the way I addressed the
portfolios I got last year and that's
what I will do to come up to speed
with the issues facing the minister
and the sector.''
Water use and maintaining the
balance between protecting its
quality and optimising irrigation
was one of those issues, as was
biosecurity and aquaculture.
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