Evan Helle from Durckworth on the Wool Academy Podcast

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Evan Helle is a fourth generation sheep rancher and co-founder of the merino wool retail brand Duckworth. In this episode, Evan shares the story of his family, the family ranch and the decision to add more value to their wool by starting an apparel business. He shares insights into the benefits and hurdles of running a vertically integrated business and the importance of preserving wool skills and knowledge locally.

About Evan Helle

Evan Helle is a fourth generation sheep rancher and co-founder of Duckworth. He is an active member of the American Sheep Industry Association, Montana Wool Growers, and Southwest Montana Stockman’s Association.

Shortly after graduating from Montana State University-Bozeman in 2014, with degrees in Agriculture Business and Economics, he jumped into the fledgeling company Duckworth to help launch the startup. Excelling at computer database and software integration, he built the tools required to carve out a vertically integrated U.S. supply chain from Sheep to Shelf™.

After Duckworth was up and running, Evan moved back to his hometown of Dillon where he manages Duckworth’s fabric production remotely and helps on the ranch. He is also an active ambassador for Duckworth and attends trade shows, sales events, and helps with social media.

Evan’s focus is to grow the supply of wool for Duckworth by reaching out to fellow wool producers who buy Helle Rambouillet seed stock. He also is working on integrating new genetic software, management practices, and helping to develop fine wool breeding indexes aimed at improving wool production and quality.

Connect with Evan Helle here

Duckworth website

Duckworth Journal

Duckworth on Facebook and Instagram

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John Roberts from The Woolmark Company at the Wool Academy Podcast

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John Roberts is the General Manager Eastern Hemisphere of the Woolmark Company – Australian Wool Innovation. IN his position he leads the Asian Woolmark offices as well as the Woolmark Resource Centre. In this interview, John Roberts shares insights into the Asian wool consumer and manufacturing markets. John also explains the concept and goal of the inspiring state of the art Woolmark Resrouce Centre.

About John Roberts

John brings nearly 30 years experience in the Wool Industry having worked in a wide range of industry sectors from primary production to processing, marketing and trading. He stems from a wool producing family in Binalong, NSW and started his career in the industry as a shipping and administration clerk for the Exporter Booth Hill & New Pty Ltd in Sydney in 1988.

Since that time he spent a number of years as a wool buyer in Sydney before moving into wool trading. He continued to expand his experience in the industry working as the Senior Trader for Agrisk Pty Ltd developing risk management tools for wool growers before moving to Dubbo, NSW as the Topmaking and Trading Manager at Fletcher International.

John returned to the Booth group (then owned by the German topmaker BWK) where he assumed the role of Trading Manager for both greasy wool and wool tops, based in Melbourne. He covered numerous key markets in his time trading including Italy, India, UK, USA Eastern Europe and China. As the groups processing expanded John was also overseeing the blending, processing and selling of wool tops ex Austops in Parkes, and the Geelong Wool Combing mill.

When Elders bought BWK in 2000 John relocated to Adelaide and was able to work on a number of new sales initiatives that linked his extensive global sales network to Australian Wool Growers via the Elders broking arm. He extended this work when he was appointed to the role of Marketing & Trading Manager – China, based in Shanghai for 3 years. In that time he initiated the first Australian wool auctions held in China, developed a number of new mill direct selling avenues, led numerous farmer tours to China, and negotiated the sale of Austops and Joint Venture of Geelong Wool Combing with the Nanshan Group.

John returned to Australia in 2006 in the role of General Manager for Elders Wool International where he oversaw the groups greasy wool trading and commission combing operations globally including the New Zealand greasy exporter J.S. Brooksbank.

More recently John was General Manager of Dalgety Wool Exports before starting his own agricultural consulting business Eubindal Pty Ltd where he has worked on export initiatives in the wine and wool industries. He has spent the last 18 months working as the Executive Officer of the Wool Selling Systems Review that was commissioned by AWI.

Connect with John Roberts here

The Woolmark Company website

Woolmark Resource Centre

Australian Wool Innovation website

 

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Gerhard Schoppel from Schoppel Wolle at Wool Academy Podcast

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Gerhard Schoppel is the owner and creative mind behind the premium hand knitting yarn Schoppel Wolle. In this episode he talks about the hand knitting business and why he decided to go premium. Gerhard also shares the journey he went through to source his wool only from Patagonia in Argentina and to have his products GOTS certified.

About Gerhard Schoppel

„Knitting is the answer to the yearning for something true, something for yourself, something of value.“
The Hohenloher Wolle GmbH is a company with a clear position. For more than sixty years the traditional company stands for the manufacturing and processing of hand knitting yarns – Made in Germany. An extensive knowhow on textiles has been acquired over decades, something that today is more valuable than ever. To owner Gerhard
Schoppel, the spirit of creative handiwork is near and dear.

The particular uniqueness of the Schoppel Wolle yarn collections is influenced by the interplay of art and fashion. With the three product lines gradient yarns, sustainably produced yarns made of natural fibres and luxurious yarns (silk, cashmere, linen, alpaca and mohair) the Hohenloher Wolle GmbH delivers its products to international customers, especially to countries with a long knitting tradition.

The raw wool for the whole collection comes from Patagonia and local sheep farms. In a new Schoppel Wolle product line the Hohenloher Wolle GmbH has been certified with the eco-label GOTS. The GOTS-seal (Global Organic Textile Standard) is subject to very strict requirements and criteria throughout the complete production chain.
For Gerhard Schoppel and the Hohenloher Wolle GmbH it is important to say: A clear position never goes out of fashion.

Connect with Schoppel Wolle here

Website

Facebook page

Ravelry page

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Peter Morgan Wool Academy Podcast Guest

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Peter Morgan is the Executive Director of the Australian Council of Wool Exporters & Processors and of the Private Treaty Wool Merchants of Australia. In this episode, Peter gives insights into the Australian wool export industry and shares stories from his life long career and achievements for the overall good of the wool industry.

About Peter Morgan

Dr Peter Morgan, like a number of members of the wool industry enrolled in the former Wool Technology course at the University of New South Wales. It was his first involvement with the sheep and wool industry.

He joined the Western Australian Department of Agriculture after graduation in 1963, based in Port Hedland as a one man office. From there, he provided an extension service to the pastoralists over an area of 60,000 square miles, working mostly on sheep fertility problems and pasture management issues. He also had responsibility for the local Departmental Research Station, “Abydos”. While based in Port Hedland, Peter also completed an MSc on methods for improving ram fertility and lambing performance in the Region. Outside of his work with the Department of Agriculture, Peter witnessed the commencement of the transformation of the Pilbara from a pastoral small to medium sized mining industry based area to an iron ore giant.

Peter received an Australian Wool Board Scholarship to continue his studies at the University of Western Australia in 1967. This time, in the field of early stage lamb mortality.

He returned to the North West on completion of his PhD studies, taking a position in the Department’s Regional Office in Derby. From there, he resumed work on sheep fertility problems in the Pilbara Region and participated in the beef cattle research programme at the new Department of Agriculture Research Station at Fitzroy Crossing.

Peter accepted an offer to join the Australian Wool Testing Authority (AWTA) as Regional Manager Fremantle in 1972. His friends from University days, David Ward and SAS Douglas were already at AWTA. The timing of his appointment coincided with the lift in wool prices after the very tough times from 1968 to 1971. It also coincided with a significant lift in testing volumes as the recently formed Australian Wool Commission began testing the stockpile prior to resale.

His commencement at AWTA was only a few months before the completion of the Australian Objective Measurement Project (AOMP) that led to the introduction of Presale testing and Sale-by-Sample in July 1972. This, in turn, led a period of phenomenal growth and challenges at AWTA.

He moved to Head Office in 1978, where he had a number of senior roles before retiring in 1999 as part of the phased transition in the senior management structure. Peter involved himself at all levels of the industry during his time at AWTA and is probably best remembered for his work in the development of IT systems to meet the ongoing growth of Presale testing and as a member of the Industry Committee which introduced electronic data transfer to the industry in 1984. This was a pioneering achievement for the wool industry in EDP terms and removed the costly, and error prone, need for sellers, private treaty merchants and buyers to re-enter data which was already recorded in other computers in the industry.

On retirement from AWTA, Peter took up a part-time position assisting Bob Quirk at the newly formed Australian Wool Industry Secretariat (AWIS). This stretched to full time in 2002 when Bob moved to Australian Wool Innovation and Peter took on Bob’s former role of Executive Director. This made him Executive Director of the Australian Council of Wool Exporters, the Australian Wool Processors Council, the Private Treaty Wool Merchants of Australia and Secretary of the Federation of Australian Wool Organisations. He is also a Member of the Australian delegations to the International Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO) Meetings.

Peter continues today as the Executive Director of the Australian Council of Wool Exporters and Processors and of the Private Treaty Wool Merchants of Australia. He is also Public Officer of the Australian Superfine Wool Growers’ Association.

Connect with Peter Morgan here

Website of the Australian Council of Wool Exporters & Processors Inc.

Website of Private Treaty Wool Merchants of Australia

 

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Rita and Rasa from Garlita on the Wool Academy Podcast

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Garlita is a flat knitting company based in Lithuania with a vast experience in knitting wool garments. Together with their father, twin sisters Rita Haselwander and Rasa Stanevičienė have lead the company to success. The plant runs 24/7 and produces 1000 flat knitted pieces per week. In this episode Rita and Rasa explain the nature of their business and how they convince their customers to use more wool in their products.

About Garlita

Garlita is a family business and is run by a father and two daughters, each of them being involved in every aspect of the process. The venture of two generations has led local knitwear factory into the successful and innovative global business. It all began in 1970, when Lithuanian army, gymnasiums and schools were in need of knitted uniforms… Therefore, it is safe to say that the company was founded for a good reason – to dress the country. More than 40 years have passed until today when Garlita exports knitwear to France, Germany, UK, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Israel, Russia, Japan and many other countries around the globe.

Connect with Garlita here

Garlita website

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Lorents Tvedt on the Wool Academy Podcast

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Lorents Tvedt is the Product Development Manager at the Norwegian wool knitwear brand Dale of Norway. In this episode Lorents tells the interesting story of how Dale of Norway was founded and how the brand transformed into the famous brand it is today. Lorents furthermore explains the development of the Norwegian sweater patterns and how the brand clothes the Norwegian Olympic teams.

About Lorents Tvedt

Lorents Tvedt is the Product Development Manager at Dale of Norway. Lorents started working for Dale of Norway when he was 16 years old. Ever since he started working, Lorents had different positions in the production, product development and sales department. He only took a short break to study textile engineering in Reutlingen in Germany in 1985.

Connect with Lorents Tvedt here

Dale of Norway website

Dale of Norway on Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest

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Adam Dawes

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Adam Dawes is the Senior Agriculture Advisor for the Falkland Islands Government. In his Wool Academy Podcast interview, Adam gives an introduction to the sheep and wool industry of the Falkland Islands. He gives insights into the benefits of the islands’ wool as well as the struggles and opportunities the industry faces.

About Adam Dawes

Adam Dawes is the Senior Agriculture Advisor for the Falkland Islands Government. He grew up on a superfine wool farm in Southern New South Wales (Australia). Adam studied Agronomy at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga before working as an agronomist, providing advice to sheep and cattle farmers near his hometown. Leaving agronomy Adam worked for 8 years in the Australian government in various roles relating to plant biosecurity. In 2015 Adam was attracted to a role working with the Falkland Islands Government seeking a career break and a once in a lifetime adventure for his young family. Adam has enjoyed the move back to the wool industry and is looking forward to the global wool industry developing as consumers begin to develop a well-deserved appreciation for the positive attributes and sustainability of our wonderful fiber.

Connect with Adam Dawes

Website of the Falkland Islands Government

Facebook page of the Falkland Islands Department of Agriculture

Facebook page  and Twitter account of the Falkland Islands Government

www.falklandwoolgrowers.co.uk

www.wool.fk

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Jacob Long from American Woolen at Wool Academy Podcast

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Jacob Long is the CEO of US based worsted and woolen weaving mill American Woolen. In this interview, Jacob tells the story how he brought the once biggest weaving mill of the United States back to life. Jacob shares the challenges he faced and the opportunities he sees for the company.

About Jacob Long

Jacob Harrison Long leads American Woolen Company, Inc. He has a finance background with considerable experience in cross-border M&A, debt capital markets and consumer goods/retail turnaround investing. Jacob spent 20 years in Europe working in investment banking for BNP Paribas and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. While working in Milan from 2006 to 2012, Jacob developed extensive contacts in as well as a deep appreciation for the Italian textile and apparel industry with its focus on product quality and luxury versus the large-scale, commodity-oriented manufacturing that typifies the U.S. textile industry. He acquired the assets of American Woolen Company and Warren Mills in order to replicate the European approach to textile manufacturing in the United States.

Connect with American Woolen

American Woolen website

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Osman Kilic Ormo Wool Academy Podcast

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Osman Kilic is the Executive Board Member of hand knitting yarn manufacturer Ormo. In this episode, Osman talks about the Ormo Group and how the business of hand knitting yarn works. Osman explains further how the hand knitting industry is set up and how trends influence hand knitting as a hobby.

About Osman Kilic

Osman Kilic is the Executive Board Member of the Ormo Group. Osman joined the company in 1984. He has experience in marketing knitting and craft yarns and international market development. In addition, Osman is part of the Executive Committee of the International Wool Textile Organisation.

Connect with Osman Kilic

The Ormo Group website

Nako hand knitting yarn website

 

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Giovanni and Marco Schneider Wool Academy Podcast

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Giovanni and Marco Schneider are the leaders behind the wool processing company The Schneider Group. In this episode, father and son talk about what it means to run a family business.

 

About the Schneider Group

The Schneider Group is a family-run, multinational company based in the south of Switzerland close to the Italian border. The Schneider Group has been founded in 1922 by Giovanni Schneider as a wool trading company. When his son Marco Schneider joined the company he added early stage wool processing to the business. Today, his son Giovanni Schneider is leading the company forward.

Schneider is a world leader in the processing and supply of high-quality wools and natural fibres. The Schneider Group operates combing mills in Italy, China, Egypt and Argentina.

Over the years, the Group has grown into a solid, integrated organization with production facilities managed by an independent Industrial Division. The sourcing and selection of raw materials in their countries of origin is handled by an extensive network of specialized laboratories performing quality tests and fully-owned purchasing organizations located in Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, China, Mongolia and Iran.

 

Connect with the Giovanni and Marco Schneider here

The Schneider Group website

Schneider on Facebook

Schneider on Instagram

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