ASWGA recognises industry excellence by facilitating and supporting wool competitions both regionally and nationally.
Current entry forms will be available when competitions are announced.
Ermenegildo Zegna Fleece Competitions
The Ermenegildo Zegna Group is one of Italy’s best-known and most dynamic family businesses. Young entrepreneur, Ermenegildo founded the family’s first wool mill in Italy in 1910 to create woollen fabrics that had to be “the most beautiful in the world”. Even then, Ermenegildo had an international vision, ahead of his time, to source the best quality natural fibres, directly from their country of origin. Zegna has long been a supporter of Australian wool. Today, Zegna are one of the biggest global producers of fine fabrics from noble fibres. To celebrate the importance of wool and to incentivise wool producers to evolve the fineness and excellence of this fibre Ermenegildo Zegna holds competitions to encourage Australian wool growers.
The Ermenegildo Zegna Awards, now recognised worldwide as the most important competition in the wool industry, commenced in Tasmania in 1963 when the first Ermenegildo Zegna Perpetual Trophy was presented.
In 1980, ASWGA and Zegna launched a national competition, the Extrafine Wool Trophy, to recognise the dedication to excellence shown by all Australian fine wool growers. In 2002 a second competition, called Ermenegildo Zegna Vellus Aureum Trophy was introduced. The competitions have grown in popularity and are now a highlight of the wool industry calendar.
Information on how to enter the 2018 competition can be found here.
The 54th Ermenegildo Zegna Wool Competition Results 2016-17
Congratulations to David & Angie Waters, “Eastview”, Tarrangower Merinos in the New England region for taking out first place in the Superfine Wool Trophy, followed by Danny & Megan Picker of “Hillcreston Park” in the Goulburn/Yass region coming in second, and in third place, Phillip & Jenny Carlon of “Queenlee” in the New England region.
Runners up in the Superfine wool trophy are:
4th place – Rodney & Carol Westmore – “Patterdale”, Tasmania
5th place – Rod & Lyn Gill – “Acaire” – Armidale NSW
6th place –Simon & Ann-Louise Cameron – “Kingston”, Tasmania
7th place – Ed & Jill Hundy– “Windradeen”,Mudgee NSW
8th place – Allan & Carol Phillips – “Glen Stuart” Tasmania
9th place – Peter & Rosemary McNeill - Europambela Pastoral Co., Walcha NSW
10th place – Warren Coventry – “Lynoch”, Armidale NSW
The Vellus Aureum competition has been won for the 4th consecutive time by David & Susan Rowbottom of “Rowensville”, Victoria, with Ed and Jill Hundy of “Windradeen” in the Mudgee region winning second place and Ross and Rebecca Blake of “Allandale” in the New England region taking out third place.
Congratulations to all the winners and placegetters in the 2016-17 Ermenegildo Superfine Wool Trophy & Vellus Aureum competitions, and a special thanks to Danny Picker and the fleece competition committee for all their hard work in coordinating the fleeces, assisting with the set up for judging and display at the presentation dinner.
ASWGA Fleece Competition
ASWGA holds an annual national Fleece Competition. The first place prize winner receives the Cleckheaton Grand Champion Fleece Trophy sponsored by Australian Country Spinners. These awards are divided into four categories to better represent traditional fine crimping wools. Based on the Bradford score the categories are 90s and finer, 80s, 74s and 70s. Scores are given for the fleece attributes of weight, quality, yield, trueness, uniformity evenness and excellence.
Winners are announced from each ASWGA region Albury-Wodonga, Ararat-Barunah, Goulburn-Yass, Hamilton, Mudgee, New England, Tasmania and Western Australia.
Congratulations to the winners of the ASWGA Fleece Competition 2016/17
The complete list of winners:
Jill & Ed Hundy
Grand Champion Fleece
1st Place - Class 90’s & Finer
1st Place in the Mudgee Region
Penny & Russell Hartwich
1st Place Class 80’s & 74’s
1st Place in the Ararat/Barunah Region
Lesleann & Mark Waters
1st Place Class 70’s
1st Place in the New England Region
Margaret & Ian Humphry
1st Place in the Albury/Wodonga Region
Megan & Danny Picker
“Hillcreston Park”, NSW
1st Place Class 80’s
1st Place in the Goulburn/Yass Region
Kathy & Trevor Mibus
“Glenara Merinos”, Vic
1st Place in the Hamilton Region
Carol & Allan Phillips
“Glen Stuart”, TAS
1st Place in the Tasmanian Region
Faye & James Pepper
1st Place in the West Australian Region
ASWGA Annual Photographic Competition 2018
Thanks to everyone that has submitted entries and have supported the competition in the past. We hope to increase the number of entries each year making the competition bigger and better! We encourage all ASWGA members, their immediate family and employees to participate.
The competition aims to visualise the provenance and promote the excellence and dedication of ASWGA Members in the production and processing of their superfine Merino wool, achieving the highest quality standards enhancing this through the ASWGA Rams head™. All entries must be received at the office by 30 June 2018 to be eligible.
More information and the 2018 entry form are available here.
The 2017 winners' photo, below, is also featured on the cover of our Annual Report. Titled “Full circle - Suits and the mob that provided the wool” was taken by Simon Cameron “Kingston”, Tasmania