Zegna Wool Trophy and V.A. Competition

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All Superfine wool growers have been invited to compete in the new Zegna Competition this year. To enter, please complete your entry forms as soon as possible. November 17 is the cut off for all entries and delivery of wools for the V.A. Competition and the Wool Trophy. Judging commences the second week of December. 

Please find a summary of how to enter below:

  1. Submit your entry forms and deliver wool by November 17.
  2. Once you have selected your lot (1-5 bales), send your wool to your agent as normal, informing them that you wish to enter a specific lot in the competition if you are sending other bales. 
  3. Then tell your agent to core your line as normal and send grab sample to AWH Goulburn. (Marked attention of Mr Mark Hedley AWN Goulburn). Sample to be in Goulburn by the 17th of November 2017. 
  4. When you have your test results, forward to Mr Tim Marwedel by email: tim@gsaust.com.au 
  5. All grab samples will be transferred to Goulburn by AWTA. 
  6. Once judging has been completed and the top 10 selected–the grab samples that did not make the top 10 will be returned to your nominated warehouse. Please ask your agent to indicate where your wool is being held when sending your grab sample. 
  7. You only have to fill out one Questionnaire if entering both Competitions. If your wool is not available, please remember next year. 
  8. The Zegna Vellus Aureum Fleece Competition will run the same as last year (1 to 10 fleeces under 14.5 micron), Please forward your fleeces as instructed to (Mr Mark Hedley c/o of AWN 51 Finlay Road Goulburn 2580 NSW). Closing date for entries 17/11/2017. 
  9. Please either send a copy of number fleeces entered or wool trophy entry intentions to Melissa Mulley at melissa.mulley@woolindustries.org or ASWGA Fleece Chairman Mark Waters at mark.waters4@bigpond.com

 

New President Danny Picker

Danny Picker is a fifth generation woolgrower and principal of Hillcreston Park Superfine Merino Stud located at Bigga in the southern tablelands of NSW established in 1992 with a draught of the Hillcreston stud which was founded in 1910 by his family. For over 45 years, Danny has been involved in producing some of Australia’s highest quality 1PP accredited bales including numerous world records for prices.

Passionate about helping woolgrowers produce high quality wool, Danny was a founding director of the Ausfine Wool Company, a quality assurance program promoting and preserving the integrity of the superfine merino fibre and the merino breed. He travelled Australia teaching Ausfine members the importance of woolclip preparation.

Danny knows the importance of relationships with the processing and retail sectors undertaking numerous trips to renowned mills throughout Asia and Europe.

Danny has previously represented woolgrowers at ASWGA as Chairman of the Goulburn/Yass region and is a previous board member of ASWGA Council, was also a councillor of the NSW Stud Merino Breeders Association. Danny has judged at numerous sheep shows around Australia. He sees the importance of allowing superfine woolgrowers the opportunity to have a voice in the industry and is working to ensure that it remains financially rewarding to produce superfine wool in Australia.

Australian Superfine Woolgrowers Association 6th Annual Reunion Weekend

HAMILITON/ARARAT – 13-14TH MAY 2017
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One hundred & five Superfine woolgrowers, sponsors & guests converged on Hamilton on the 13/14 May 2017 for the 6th Annual Reunion Dinner & Farm Tours.  Members travelled both nationally and internationally to attend the event with ninety-three people attending the ASWGA reunion dinner held at the Grange Burn (Comfort Inn) at Hamilton to celebrate the presentation of prizes in the ASWGA Fleece Competition.  It was especially pleasing to catch up with Lesley & Roger Prior, Merino breeders from England.  

Highlights of the event included Itochu’s Mike Kuritani, (ASWGA Honorary Life Member) presentation on the Hamilton Lamb’s Wool brand his company has developed and the presentation of Honorary Life Membership to Kevin Dunn. The launch of Australian Merino Export’s new Ararat presence providing growers with direct access to international clients; and the opportunity to visit Russell & Penny Hartwich’s stud Kelseldale Stud, Bill and Jenny Crawford’s Sierra Park, to see their traditional Saxon bloodline sheep being shorn, and the Mibus Family’s Glenara Stud.

ASWGA’s major sponsor for the event, Australian Wool Network, displayed the garment collection they have developed in co-operation with Hedrena and Kangaroo Island.  An informative mix off current issues updates together with the camaraderie at Pierrepoint Winery and Grange Burn (Comfort Inn) provided attendees with the opportunity for learning and networking. 

Special thanks to sponsors of the event, and particular thanks to the small group of volunteers from the Hamilton and Ararat branches of the ASWGA, and to Melissa Mulley in the Melbourne Office who organized and arranged the entire weekend. 

Photo credit: Annabelle Cleeland

L/R:  Russell Macgugan, AWN Sheep and Wool Specialist, Dunkeld, Victoria , William Kinghorn, “Byaduk”, Victoria & Will Crawford “Mirranatwa, Victoria”; Group shot of attendees; Sunday’s farm tour took the group to Kelseldale in Ballyrogan in the Ararat/Barunah Region, hosted by Penny & Russell Hartwich.

Victoria’s Avington Merinos is Australia’s first Responsible Wool Standard farm

By Terry Sim, 15 May 2017

AUSTRALIA’S first wool-growing properties have been certified under the international sheep and wool welfare program, the Responsible Wool Standard. The first property to gain farm certification under the standard is the north-east Victorian operation Avington at Sidonia, owned by Noel and Lyndsay Henderson.

Selling wool, industry’s defence to animal activist threats

Annabelle Cleeland

17 May 2017, 6:30 a.m.

IN the battle against animal rights activists, Australian Wool Innovation’s (AWI) weapon of choice is a credit card.

AWI have collaborated with fashion empire, Westfield, to promote Australia’s wool history this week as part of Wool Week Australia, where campaigns have been rolled out at 30 stores with the main aim to sell wool.

 AWI's Marius Cuming said fighting with animal activists is like fighting with your mother-in-law, you "never, ever, ever" win the argument.

 AWI's Marius Cuming said fighting with animal activists is like fighting with your mother-in-law, you "never, ever, ever" win the argument.

 

 

From wool to garment

The Standard

17 May 2017, 5 p.m.

Kathy and Trevor Mibus of “Glenara Merinos” at Dunkeld are the Hamilton region winners of this year’s fleece competition run by the Australian Superfine Woolgrowers Association (ASWGA).

Along the chain: Superfine wool producer Susan Rowbottom of St Helens near Port Fairy with Mike Kuritani from Japanese textile producer Itochu at the Hamilton meeting for superfine wool growers.

Along the chain: Superfine wool producer Susan Rowbottom of St Helens near Port Fairy with Mike Kuritani from Japanese textile producer Itochu at the Hamilton meeting for superfine wool growers.

Pyramul woolgrowers win ASWGA fleece com

Annabelle Cleeland 

17 May 2017, 11:30 a.m.

ASWGA superfine wool award winners        

  • Ed and Jill Hundy, “Windradeen”, Pyramul, NSW won the Cleckheaton Grand Champion Fleece Trophy, as well as the Class 90s and finer class, and were top-placed in the Mudgee region.
  • Equal first in the 80s class went to winners of the Goulburn/Yass region fleece, Danny and Megan Picker, “Hill Creston Park”, Bigga, NSW and Ararat region winners Penny and Russell Hartwich, “Kelseldale”, Ballyrogan , VIC who also won the 74s class.
  • Mark and Lesleann Waters, Riverton, Armidale, NSW, won the Class 70s and placed first in the New England region.
  • James and Faye Pepper,  “Mumballview”, Mumballup, Western Australia, placed first in the West Australian Region
  •  Ian and Margaret Humphry, “Avondale”, Springhurst, placed first in the Albury/Wodonga region
  • Trevor and Kathy Mibus, “Glenara Merinos”, Hamilton, placed first in the Hamilton Region.
  • Allan and Carolyn Phillips, Glen Stuart, Deddington, Tasmania placed first in the Tasmanian Region
Southern Grampians Shire mayor Mary-Ann Brown, Glenara Merinos' Rachael and father, Trevor Mibus with Australian Country Spinners chief executive Brenda McGahon.

Southern Grampians Shire mayor Mary-Ann Brown, Glenara Merinos' Rachael and father, Trevor Mibus with Australian Country Spinners chief executive Brenda McGahon.

Japanese market undeterred by doubling of Australian wool prices in search for top fleece

By Jess Davis

Posted 18 May 2017 at 11:55 am

A Japanese wool broker says that while Australian wool prices have doubled in Japan over the past year, it has not deterred the Japanese from buying.