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Beyond the Bale : June 2012
20 OFF-FARM June 2012 BEYOND THE BALE FAST FACTS l Official tailor to the Australian cricket team M.J. Bale has created unique suits made from pure Merino wool shorn from sheep which grazed on grass from the Sydney Cricket Ground. lAsodofturffromtheSCGwas transplanted to an Armidale property, where superfine woolgrower Bill Mitchell grew a paddock from this grass and fed it to his Merino sheep. l M.J. Bale is a Woolmark licensee and has a strong relationship with the Australian Merino wool industry, hand- selecting exclusive fleeces and turning them into high-quality men's suiting. Grazed on greatness, threaded with victory and worn with the utmost pride -- Australian Merino sheep are helping the Australian cricket team continue to look and feel great across the world. And it all started with a patch of hallowed turf from the Sydney Cricket Ground. Official tailor to the Australian cricket team M.J. Bale has created unique suiting made from pure Merino wool, from a unique flock of sheep. The sheep have been grazing on grass which has witnessed more Australian cricketing successes than any other patch of grass on the planet. The creative team behind this idea isn't spinning a yarn, and to help share the story of the relationship between M.J. Bale and the Australian cricket team a short documentary titled Grazed on Greatness has been made. It stars Australian cricketer Shane Watson and veterans Michael Slater and Dougie Walters along with superfine Merino woolgrower Bill Mitchell. Last year turf samples were taken from the SCG, with specific instructions from the ground's head curator Tom Parker on how to regrow it. "We took a plug of turf out of the surface of the SCG, and what we do with that grass is called vegetative propagation," Mr Parker said. "You start with an area of around ten square metres, plant those pieces of grass in there and then as they get bigger plant some more and then some more. "There's really no limit as to how much grass you can grow out of that piece of turf if you look after it correctly and put the time in to it." And off to NSW's north-west the grass Grazed on greatness Australian Test cricketer Shane Watson and an Australian Merino featured on advertising from Woolmark licensee M.J. Bale's Grazed on Greatness campaign. "WE'RE PROUD OF GRAZED ON GREATNESS NOT ONLY FOR SUPPORTING THE AUSTRALIAN CRICKET TEAM, BUT BECAUSE WE FEEL IT WILL CAPTURE PEOPLE'S IMAGINATIONS AND PROVE WHAT WE WEAR IS MORE THAN JUST ABOUT FUNCTION; WHAT WE WEAR CAN MAKE US FEEL GOOD." MATT JENSEN, M.J. BALE