TASMANIA: Sound animal welfare attracts Norwegian buyer to Tassie wool
Posted: November 30th, 2009 - 10:52am
Source: ABC Rural
Buyers from Norwegian wool clothing company, De Vold, are in Tasmania talking with wool growers and brokers about sourcing more wool.
De Vold sells a million garments a year, using 650 tonnes of wool from 16 to 30 microns for next-of-skin wear, right through to very heavy woollen garments, mostly for its domestic market in Norway.
The company has just started by-passing the wool auction system and offering three-year contracts to Tasmanian growers who meet its stringent standards for animal welfare and environmental stewardship
Wool grower Lindsay Young says it fits with his commitment to pioneering animal welfare policies and practices for wool.
"The market came to us because we had good animal welfare practices," he says.