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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.

Competition results

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.

Competition results

Congratulations to the winners of the ASWGA Fleece Competition 2015/16

The complete list of winners:

Russell & Penny Hartwich of Kelseldale in Ballyrogan, Vic, the Cleckheaton Grand Champion Fleece Trophy, Class 80’s and Class 74’s and first in the Ararat/Barunah region.
Trevor & Kathy Mibus of Glenara Merinos in Hamilton, Vic, the Class 90’s and Finer and first in the Hamilton Region.
Mark & Lesleann Waters of Riverton in Armidale NSW, the Class 70’s and first in the New England region.
Ian & Margaret Humphry of Avondale in Springhurst, Vic, first in the Albury/Wodonga region.
Danny & Megan Picker of Summer Hill in Bigga, NSW, first in the Goulburn/Yass Region.
Paul Jones & Kim Price of Lyneside in Bathurst, NSW, first in the Mudgee Region
Allan & Carolyn Phillips of Glen Stuart in Deddington, Tas, first in the Tasmanian Region.
James & Faye Pepper of Mumballview in Mumballup, WA, first in the West.

Noel Henderson from Avington Merino receiving the 2014/15 trophy from Brenda McGahan 

Noel Henderson from Avington Merino receiving the 2014/15 trophy from Brenda McGahan