"Merryville makes a deal with Spinners"
During 1999 Merryville entered a commercial partnership with
Marco Schneider and other clients of Giovanni Schneider including
Ermenegildo Zegna and Loro Piana.
As a stud breeder this alliance is important as we can determine
exactly what these spinners want, ie. what our customers want.
Our alliance also includes Martzotto and their brand name Hugo Boss
and longterm contracts are now in place for the better styled 19,
18 and 17 microns wools. These major Italian mills have investments
of hundreds of millions of dollars in the wool industry and I consider
them the future of our fine wool indusry as they buy almost 50%
of wools 19.5 micron and finer.
We have learned that these spinners emphasise that they require
wools being of the following type:
Tensile strength of 40N/Ktex and better
85mm in length and less
Must show good crimp with a square flat tip,
Penalties are incurred for 90 - 95 mm and longer
They say that these wool types are the most suitable for high speed,
efficient spinning and weaving and give drape and elasticity to
It is therefore important for each wool producer to identify a
market and choose genetics for that market. In the case of
Merryville our target is the Italian 19.5 micron and finer market
with some of our broader wools going to Korea, Japan and top makers.
Over the years, Merryville has maximised wool cuts and established
heritable, quality wool types and traits that are
in high demand by spinners. At wool sales around the country Merryville
and its clients are repeatedly within the top percentage of wool
sale returns, further demonstrating the genetic performance of Merryville
At Merryville we believe there are two
main areas of production, the first being pasture and management
and the second being genetics. Woolgrowers need to get their
pastures right and tailor the genetics to what the woolbuyer requires.
Future fine wool production must come
from highly productive pastures, as this is the most efficient way
to produce kilos of wool per hectare
Aolo Varesio of Filore S.P.A., Biella, Italy, explains
to Wal Merriman wool type requirements during a visit to
wool mills in Italy