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! Its great to see
progress in the land and working with my dogs. There really is no drudgery in everyday work –
nothing that I dont enjoy doing. It is important in life to enjoy what you are 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!