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Beyond the Bale : December 2012
ROYAL VISIT SUPPORTS AUSTRALIAN WOOL 4 December 2012 BEYOND THE BALE OFF-FARM His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, the Patron of the Campaign for Wool, was warmly welcomed by woolgrowers and the fashion industry when he visited Australia last month. During a busy tour, The Prince attended two functions to celebrate the Campaign for Wool -- the first being a visit to a woolgrowing property in Tasmania, and the second a 'Farm to Fashion' event in Sydney. The Campaign for Wool is a global campaign that aims to encourage manufacturers, retailers and designers to The Prince of Wales inspecting the Merino sheep of Brent and Jason Thornbury of 'Leenavale', Sorell, Tasmania. Photo: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images FAST FACTS l The Patron of the Campaign for Wool, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, last month visited a Merino stud in Tasmania and attended a 'Farm to Fashion' event in Sydney. l The Prince said he wanted his visit to help remind people of the importance of wool and woolgrowers to the Australia economy. l With the support of The Prince, the Campaign for Wool has been instrumental in driving a new global demand for wool. choose wool and, in turn, educate their staff and consumers about the fibre's environmental benefits. Now in its third year, the campaign is being celebrated on an unprecedented global scale with more countries than ever before creating their own program of activity to celebrate 'Wool Week' -- see pages 6-9. FARM EVENT - TASMANIA In Tasmania, The Prince was shown around the 'Leenavale' sheep property near Sorell by Brent Thornbury who, with his brother Jason, is the fourth generation of his family to run the property, owned by their father Kevin Thornbury, and which covers 5000 hectares and has around 12,000 Merino sheep. They watched as a mob of wethers ran into a classing race before going into the shed for shearing. Inside the shed, The Prince watched shearers at work and wool handler Lucy Byers gather up the wool and throw it on the table for classing. The Prince also tried his hand at throwing a fleece. Brent Thornbury said after showing The Prince around his property, "He was great, very laid-back and interested in what we were doing." He described how The Prince has his own holding where he breeds rare sheep, saying: "He's got a fair patch of his own and was very interested in having a look at what we do and the wool in general." To mark this special day, The Prince PATRON: HRH THE PRINCE OF WALES The Prince of Wales throwing a fleece in the shearing shed at 'Leenavale', Sorell, Tasmania. Photo: William West, AFP