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Beyond the Bale : March 2011
8 OFF-FARM March 2011 BEYOND THE BALE FAST FACTS l Woolgrowers from across Australia have donated small samples of their wool to be turned into fabric as a wedding gift for Prince William. lIt is a fitting gesture given that his father, the Prince of Wales, initiated and is patron of the international Campaign for Wool. l Woolgrowers have been keen to join this promotion of Australian wool. Samples of Merino wool that were donated last month by woolgrowers from across Australia are being manufactured into a unique fine suiting fabric ready to be presented to Prince William as a wedding gift. AWI CEO Stuart McCullough said the gift is a fitting gesture of thanks after Prince William's father, the Prince of Wales, initiated the five year Campaign for Wool last year. "It is a very appropriate gift after the brilliant campaign which has helped reconnect the world with our natural and biodegradable fibre. "The idea of dressing Prince William for his wedding to Kate Middleton was in fact raised by woolgrowers at the AWI Annual General Meeting last year," Stuart said. "It is hoped that fabric will be sent to the famous bespoke tailors of Savile Row in London and made into a suit worn by Prince William at some point on his wedding day. "The gesture from Australian woolgrowers will provide a unique keepsake for the couple. Along with the gift, we will be sending a list of all the names of the woolgrowers who donated wool samples. "The donations averaged around the 17 micron mark, and the finest sample of wool we received was 11.3 micron. However, I'd like to thank all woolgrowers from the east to the west of the country who got involved." Scott and Anna Brien, who as part of a family partnership run 10,000 19-micron Merino ewes at 'Birrel Vale' near Wellington, NSW, were quick to jump on board when they heard about AWI's planned royal gift, and put their parcel of wool in the post to AWI straight away. "We're always willing to help out however we can to promote Australian Merino wool on the global stage," Mr Brien said. Gavin and Bev Thorn of 'Inglefell' near York, WA, were also keen to get involved and donated a sample of 13.7 micron Merino wool, saying they would have been willing to donate more. "It's a great promotion of Merino wool, we'd have been happy to donate a whole fleece if needed," Gavin said. Wool fit for a Prince riding on the sheep’s back Two stunning coins that highlight the importance of wool throughout Australia's economic and cultural development. To view and order coins visit our website or call 1300 652 020. RAMAW1106 NEW Ram's head coin Now available!