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TAS Country : September 9th 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010 Tasmanian Country 13 UNCOMMON: Some of the Heazlewood's English Leicesters. Pictures: KAROLIN MacGREGOR UNCOMMON: Anne Heazlewood with English Leicester wool prized for craft work. Craftfolk focus on wool from best of British English Leicester sheep are uncommon in Tasmania but their wool is prized by craft enthusiasts across the globe. Karolin MacGregor reports Continued Page 15 ENGLISH Leicester breeders Brenton and Anne Heazlewood will host a wool and sheep round-up this year at their property Melton Park to showcase just what can be done with the breed's wool. The round-up on December 2 will coincide with a visit by English Leicester enthusiast Lisa Westervelt from Mas- sachusetts in the US. The Heazlewoods met Mrs Westervelt on a trip to the US last year when Mr Heazlewood was an English Leicester judge at the New York Sheep and Wool Festival. Mrs Heazlewood said a huge craft industry in the US had seen numbers of English Leicester sheep in the country grow dramatically over the past two decades. ''The festival is a huge event, it's probably the same size as Agfest, but it all just sheep and wool and crafts,'' she said. Mrs Heazlewood said looking at craft displays during the festival and all the different things that English Leicester wool could be used for had prompted her to look at organising the event. ''I just thought it would be a great idea to get everyone together, the people who actually produce the wool right though to the craft people at the other end who use it,'' Mrs Heazlewood said. A key characteristic of English Leices- ter wool, which makes it highly prized by people interested in crafts, is its lustre and the fact it will readily accept dye. During the round-up event there will be demonstrations throughout the day of various craft activities from wool spin- ning and weaving right through to knit- ting, felting and crocheting. There will also be raw wool grown by the Heazlewood's available to for sale. Mr Heazlewood said judging sheep at the New York Sheep and Wool Festival had been an interesting experience. In the US the Leicester Longwools, as they are known, are a relatively small breed and were judged on a card system according to how the individual sheep compare to the breed standard. Unlike the Australian judging system, there are no places handed out for each class. Mr Heazlewood was one of three judges. Each sheep is given a score card and feedback from the team of breed special- ists. Mr Heazlewood said the system worked well because it promoted the breeding of correct sheep that met the breed standards while helping the sheep owners to get a better understanding of the breed charac- teristics. The Heazlewoods have a long family history breeding English Leicesters which started in 1854. The family's Melton Vale stud was officially established in 1912 and today they have about 40 breeding ewes in the stud. Sheep from the Heazlewood stud have also played an important role in establish- ing the US flock. News B ng n ogen n he on o , - e e o he o ee n ogen n e o he o o e hen nee o . o on o e he e, o n h ve he e e o n o no ng h o n ogen n he oo one o onge . hen o e h n e e n ogen e e , - e e e e h he o en o e e n e e h ng h o gh he ge n on n e h en ge. Re e e h ng e n o e n ogen he e n en e -- o he o . So o en I he he o fi o g o ng o o ge ng he o o he g o n . I n e n nx o o ee o ge eno gh ee ng o e v e o . h n e e o o efle on hen o ee h n ng ' h e e o I h ve one? Be ng n ee , h e e o e o he o n, e v go e en en on e o e en n n en . en h ho ho n o h ve e on e e en on n he o n e e n n e e e o he eve o ng o ee ng. h no he e o n ogen, e e one o e h ng n he n e o . He v n ng h e o n e h n ogen o he eve o ng o ee ng. onve on o n ogen n o he n e o no o o e . S o ng h o e n e n ng n ogen n he on o o onge he o e n o e o he n ogen o e o he o ee ng. h ex h e en oe . o n fi on o o e n o e o o n ogen e e o e o he o ee ng o o n e gh ee * ng n e n e ng. D hn n n Incit c Piv t ti i G t th b t h d t t i ith C D hn n T m n h T - n n o h e B e M G one 0407 885 558 en o h I n o n en 0418 137 290 en D John on 0419 559 925 o h Le e R n o 0418 571 384 n r r a bu n f n L d B 42 004 080 264. C a r g r d rad ark f +S r g n G bH. *De en en on o h o e e e 0014/R
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