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Beyond the Bale : December 2015
14 OFF FARM The world record for the finest bale of wool ever produced has been broken by Australian woolgrowers Pamela and Robert Sandlant of ‘Pyrenees Park’ in Victoria. In winning the annual Loro Piana Record Bale competition, the couple produced a bale of Merino wool of 10.3 microns beating the previous record of 10.6 microns. Every year luxury clothing company Loro Piana engages Australian and New Zealand wool producers in the challenge, involving a jury formed by the presidents of the Australian Superfine Wool Growers’ Association and the director of the New Zealand Stud Merino Breeders Society. The panel is called upon to judge certified bales of wool which must comply with specific weight, length and strength standards, to be allowed into the competition. AWI has partnered with Loro Piana since 2011 in the award event, as a way to celebrate the commitment of Australian woolgrowers. Thanks to their passion and Pamela and Robert Sandlant from Victoria have produced a world record Merino wool bale of 10.3 microns to win this year’s Loro Piana Record Bale award. WORLD RECORD MERINO WOOL BALE Robert Sandlant with his Merinos at ‘Pyrenees Park’ in Victoria. Fabric produced by Loro Piana from a Record Bale Award winner. to the constant improvement of breeding techniques, Australian Merino wool has achieved an extremely high standard of fineness and quality. Loro Piana hosted an exclusive gala event at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London in November to honour the commitment and professionalism of Australian woolgrowers, who constantly work to improve Merino wool. The event was attended by Loro Piana Deputy Chairman, Pier Luigi Loro Piana and Loro Piana CEO, Matthieu Brisset. “We are delighted that it is Australian woolgrowers that have broken the world record,” says AWI CEO Stuart McCullough. “The Loro Piana Record Bale award encourages breeders to achieve the highest levels of quality, and this is something at which Australian woolgrowers excel. Pamela and Robert Sandlant won the award last year and we congratulate them on their extraordinary achievement this year.” Loro Piana Group Deputy Chairman, Pier Luigi Loro Piana, says: “This award celebrates the professionalism, the skills and the passion so typical of these farms and all the parties involved. Thanks to constant mutual efforts, the wool industry can benefit from higher quality standards and fineness, which was unconceivable over 15 years ago. It is especially rewarding to see that the world record has been broken this year again.” Loro Piana established the Record Bale Award in 2000 to promote quality by supporting breeders in their pursuit of excellence. The competition involves Australia and New Zealand, the world’s main producers of Merino wool, and awards the win to the finest bale from the two nations produced in the course of the previous year. The Loro Piana Record Bale Award invariably sets an annual record, and this year it also achieved a world record. Every record bale is archived by Loro Piana. Until a finer wool bale is purchased, the previous one cannot be used. A bale weighs on average between 90 to 100 kg, which is also the minimum lot that can be transformed into fabric, suitable only for 40 made-to-measure suits. Numbered and marked by an exclusive label, the wool fabrics created with the Record Bale are absolutely unique.
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