Australia’s largest Polwarth stud based at ‘Streanshalh’ in Tasmania, hosted a group of Japanese wool buyers and industry representatives in early May. The group were interested in Polwarth wool with its soft springy texture and micron of 21-22, for the manufacture of blankets. ‘Streanshalh’ owner, Mrs Judith Nicolson and long time farm manager, Mr Peter Baker organised for the visitors to view fleeces from the recent shearing, as well as, see some of the 5700 strong flock.
Recently, a representative from Vitale Barberis Canonico, manufacturers of men’s fine wool suits since 1663, visited Fairview Polwarths in Victoria. The company is keen to purchase a quantity of Australian Polwarth wool each year to blend with their finer micron wool. Davide Fontaneto from Vitale Barberis Canonico (VBC) and Andrew Raeber from New England Wool, said the compression quality of Polwarth wool contributes to the quality of their suits. VBC are keen to build a long term relationship with Polwarth breeders to meet their needs in terms of quantity and wool specifications.
Narang Polwarths in South Australia have been out and about attending their local shows. At the Tanunda Show held on 10th March they won Champion Ram. A fortnight earlier, Peter and Caroline attended the Angaston Show on 24th February. Their champion ewe who performed well in 2017, won Champion Polwarth Ewe.