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Beyond the Bale : June 2012
18 OFF-FARM June 2012 BEYOND THE BALE FAST FACTS l In an all-Australian production pipeline Zenger Australia produces Woolmark- approved woollen bedding. l The fibre is grown on properties in Australia before making its way to the EP Robinson processing plant in Geelong. l The Zenger Australia factory in Sydney prides itself on quality and produces woollen bedding products under the Golden Sovereign brand. An all-Australian cast plays its part in producing the sheep to sleep story for Woolmark licensee Zenger Australia, with the entire production process taking part on Aussie soil. This is not the latest blockbuster to hit our big screen, but rather tells the story of the production pipeline involved in producing Zenger bedding products. The interior textiles sector -- including bedding, carpets and furnishing -- supports woolgrowers whose clip is of a broader micron. Before the Woolmark-approved Zenger Australia bedding products, under the Golden Sovereign brand, arrive in shops to be sold to consumers, the woollen fibre undergoes a journey that begins on the sheep's back. One of the properties that has produced wool used in Zenger bedding products is Garry and Pam Heath's property 'Heathcote' in Balliang, Victoria. A fifth-generation farmer, Mr Heath knows the land and knows how to produce a dense fleece ideal for the bedding and interior market. "There are certain properties which make for good wool in bedding," Mr Heath told AWI for a promotional video being made for Zenger Australia. "For the bedding and interiors market we like a nice, white wool which is not too long. We also produce a prime lamb that makes for good market skin value." A true testament to the benefits of woollen bedding, Mr Heath is still nimble despite enduring back-breaking work all his life. "I shear our own sheep and in the past couple of years have just given up shearing for many of the local farmers. I have been shearing since I was 18 years old, but my back's still quite good," he said, admitting he is not yet reading to hang up his clippers. The Heath's clip, once shorn, is baled and continues its journey, with its next stop being the EP Robinson processing plant in Geelong. Operated for more than 30 years, the scouring and carbonising plant is a true From sheep to sleep Garry Heath from Balliang, Victoria produces a fleece ideal for the bedding and interior market. "FOR THE BEDDING AND INTERIORS MARKET WE LIKE A NICE, WHITE WOOL WHICH IS NOT TOO LONG" GARRY HEATH, WOOLGROWER