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Beyond the Bale : March 2018
Australian growers have been putting their fibre behind our national game by donating wool to be made into the next batch of Baggy Green caps to be worn by Australian cricketers, as part of AWI’s Flock to Baggy Green project. The novel idea is a collaboration between AWI, Cricket Australia and Kookaburra. Woolgrowers have until 31 March to participate, by sending as little as a staple or as much as a fleece to: Flock to Baggy Green c/- AWI GPO Box 4177, Sydney NSW 2001 Wool from across Australia is being collected and processed into woven fabric to be donated as finished cloth to Cricket Australia next summer. Every woolgrower who donates wool is to receive a sample of the finished woven green fabric as a keepsake to place in their woolshed, office or local cricket club. The Flock to Baggy Green project is the initiative of Marius Cuming and Stephen Feighan from AWI who have been delighted with the strong response. “The generosity is wonderful. We've had donations of wool from prize rams and lots of envelopes and bags sent to AWI. It just shows the love people have for both cricket and the wool industry. All wool and any amount is most welcome,” Marius said. Barossa woolgrower Grant Burge from Tanunda in South Australia is one of the donors and is worth a special mention given he has gone way beyond the call by donating an entire bale of wool! Grant has pledged a bale from his flock of 8,000 Merinos at the next six-monthly shearing. Needless to say, he is an avid cricket fan, who sponsored the South Australian Cricket Association for more than 20 years under his former Grant Burge Wines label. “Wool is my business and cricket is my passion so I was happy to support it,” he said. Another significant donation comes from the Cox family of Bocoble Merino stud near Mudgee. The family is donating the fleece from their grand champion ultrafine poll ram and supreme exhibit from the Armidale Show and sale last year. The fleece has great significance because Cameron Cox, a highly talented young cricketer, bred and showed the ewe but was tragically killed fighting a bushfire during a thunderstorm not long after the Canberra event last year. As a passionate woolgrower and a brilliant cricketer, his passing at just 22 sent shockwaves through the industry and the NSW mid-western community, so much so that the annual cricket match between Mudgee and Gulgong is now named the Cameron Cox Cup. Cameron and his brother Hayden were 6th or 7th generation woolgrowers in the district and follow a very long line of keen Cox cricketers. Having wool that Cameron bred on the heads of future Australian cricketers is a fitting legacy of a brilliant life cut so short. Donors to the project not only will receive a sample of the fabric to which they are contributing, but their location will be shown on a digital map to be launched at www.wool.com/baggygreen. This way, Australian cricket lovers will be able to see exactly where the Baggy Green is grown. Cricket Australia CEO, James Sutherland, added: “The initiative is also a reminder of the strong link between Australian cricket and rural communities, with regional areas producing some of our most talented past and present players and many more people having a personal connection to cricket, and I am looking forward to hearing the stories of participating woolgrowers over the course of this project.” MORE INFORMATION www.wool.com/baggygreen Hear more about Flock to Baggy Green in Episode 29 of AWI’s The Yarn podcast at www.wool.com/podcast Wool shorn from the Perth Royal Show 2017 Grand Champion Merino Ram has been sent in by Eungai Stud at Miling in WA for the next batch of Australian Cricket Baggy Green caps. LAST CHANCE TO GET YOUR WOOL IN THE BAGGY GREEN AWI’s Flock to Baggy Green project is scoring strongly, with more than 200 donations of wool sent in by generous woolgrowers from right across Australia to help create the next batch of Baggy Green caps. Woolgrowers still wanting to donate some of their wool have until the end of this month to post it in. Grant Burge from Tanunda in South Australia has donated an entire bale of wool. PHOTO: Stock Journal OFF FARM 13
In the Shops - March 2018