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Beyond the Bale : June 2017
MONTECUTE The Hallett family has been working on Llanberis Pastoral since 1880 and produce 16-20 micron wool from their 25,000 Merino sheep that graze over the open, partly wooded pastures of the farm. The Halletts emphasise that they regard themselves as guardians of their land, and the most important objective is to pass on the land and animals to the next generation – in the same or even better conditions than they themselves received them. ROTHAMAY Rothamay is now managed by the fifth generation of the Campbell family. Duncan, his wife Anita and children Will, Mollie and Oscar live and breathe Merino wool at Rothamay. 11,000 Merinos graze across 3,500 hectares providing wool with a diameter of 18 to 19 microns. Duncan feels a responsibility to pass on the farm to the next generation in an even better condition and therefore to operate on a sustainable basis. ASHBY The Bennetts have lived at Ashby for more than 100 years. Will and Nina Bennett and the children Alice, Percy and Dougal now run approximately 9,000 Merinos on 2,800 hectares of land. Ashby supplies 50% of its wool to ORTOVOX, which is about 20,000 kilograms per year. Not a typical farm, the Bennett family live at Ashby in a splendid sandstone property built in 1835 surrounded by a wonderful garden. KENILWORTH Kenilworth has a special story. It is a farm that formerly belonged to the famous Eliza Forlonge who was the first person to import Merino sheep from Saxony to Australia and Tasmania. Kenilworth extends across 1,400 hectares of land. Dave Taylor, who runs the farm with his family in what is now the sixth generation produces about 43,000 kilograms of wool a year, with about 50% going to ORTOVOX. LEWISHAM Lewisham was purchased by the Young family in 1946. The current owners, Lindsay and Rae, extended the land bit by bit and use their combined resources to look after their 4,600 flock of sheep across 1,000 hectares. Rae has a degree in botany and so she uses the analytical approach from research for the benefit of the farm. Lewisham consequently has become a showcase farm for sustainable management. STONEHENGE Stonehenge has belonged to the McShane family since the beginning of the 20th century. Elliot and Felicia McShane now manage the farm that has 7,000 sheep grazing across 3,800 hectares. They produce 18 micron wool which is in demand in the sports sector. In Elliot's opinion, farmers are the guardians of their land and they must do everything in their power to manage it in a sustainable and future-oriented way. ORTOVOX SHOWCASES ITS TASMANIAN SUPPLIERS ORTOVOX obtains its Merino wool from these six farms in Tasmania. View the stories – including images and videos – about the sheep, people and environment of these farms at www.ortovox.com BASE LAYER ROCK'N'WOOL T-SHIRT 100% Merino wool EXAMPLES OF ORTOVOX PRODUCTS CONTAINING TASMANIAN MERINO WOOL ORTOVOX products aim to protect wearers against the elements and offer superior climatic comfort even in extreme mountain activities. The company’s layering system shows the entire functionality of Merino wool: a base layer helps keep you warm and dry, the middle layer ensures breathability and warmth, the outer layer helps keeps out wind and rain. These products are just three out of a very large range of Merino products available now at www.ortovox.com OUTER LAYER PIZ BADILE SHIELD SHELL JACKET Merino wool blend outer 100% Merino wool inner MID LAYER FLEECE LIGHT MELANGE ZIP NECK Merino wool blend OFF FARM 13