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Growers can follow the journey of their wool and have their own district knitwear brand
Wool growers can follow the journey of their wool from bale to retail and potentially have their own district knitwear brand through a new supply program announced by Australian Wool Network.

This move answers a long felt need by many growers who want to know where their wool goes which is a desire experienced by many primary producers and is consistent with the 'paddock to plate' trend that is so prevalent today with food producers.

AWN's 'direct network advantage' (DNA) wool supply program was developed as a result of their purchase of knitwear manufacturer Hysport Pty Ltd.

Kangaroo Island is the first district to join the scheme and have their own brand which will be available at 230 retail outlets around Australia including airports, which also gives access to international travellers and plans are in place to distribute the products through major airports and retailers throughout the world.

An important marketing device for consumers will be a QR tag (Quick Response Code) on each garment that can be scanned by a smart phone to show a video of how Kangaroo Island wool is produced. This innovation is expected to have strong appeal to international consumers.

One of the products to be available under this scheme is the luxury knitwear label MerinoSnug, one of Hysport's premier clothing brands which is made from Australian merino wool and New Zealand possum fur.

Manufactured wholly in Australia using state of the art 'whole of garment' knitting machines, the MerinoSnug knitwear range is in high demand particularly from the tourism and travel retail sector. The finished garment is very warm to wear and light in weight.

Wool growers around Australia are now being invited to join AWN and submit wool that meets a range of specifications suitable for the DNA program and the end product.

Australian Wool Network Managing Director John Colley said they preferred the term wool marketing rather than wool broking to describe their business.

"We started in 1999 with a vision to bring wool growers and processors closer together.

It sounds simple and the first steps were to work more closely with the existing processors which has worked well and we still use this approach today.

"But we wanted to go further and link the woolgrower and their wool to the garment and this we achieved last year when we purchased Hysport.

"By controlling wool processing from bale to retail we are in charge of some of the associated costs, enabling us to potentially offer a better price for specific wool types, as well as be much more aware of consumer desires.

"We believe that the DNA program will appeal to wool growers wanting to make a genuine contribution to driving demand for their wool as well as those looking to take advantage of the benefits that come when selling their wool direct," he said.

Wool growers wanting to find out more about the DNA wool supply program should contact their local AWN Wool Specialist or visit

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