Richard Halliday Callowie Episode Wool Academy Podcast 37

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Richard Halliday is a dedicated wool grower and merino stud breeder. In addition, Richard is the current president of WoolProducers Australia, the national voice for wool growers in Australia. In this interview, Richard talks about his operation and his passion for wool. Richard takes the time to explain various sheep terms such as hogget or wether. As the President of WoolProducers Australia, Richard also introduces the organisation and shares his motivation to be serving the wool industry.

About Richard Halliday

Richard has worked in the wool industry all his life. Richard, Jacquie and their children Sarah, Angus and Thomas run the Callowie Poll Merino stud and commercial sheep flock. Their property is located in the south-east South Australia near Bordertown. Richard joins WoolProducers from Livestock SA’s Wool and Livestock Committee.

Connect with Richard Halliday here

Callowie Merino Stud website
Wool Producers Australia website

Key Time Stamps

[spp-timestamp time=”01:13″] What does Callowie mean?
[spp-timestamp time=”02:05″] About Richard Halliday
[spp-timestamp time=”05:47″] Richard describes his Callowie property
[spp-timestamp time=”08:44″] What is a merino stud farm?
[spp-timestamp time=”12:40″] Richard’s breeding objectives
[spp-timestamp time=”15:36″] Importance of marketing your wool operation
[spp-timestamp time=”16:20″] What is special about the Callowie sheep?
[spp-timestamp time=”17:41″] What to look out for in a ram
[spp-timestamp time=”19:28″] What is a ram sale like?
[spp-timestamp time=”21:34″] How to get a sheep to stand still for a photo?
[spp-timestamp time=”23:55″] Why sheep farmers only speak about their number of ewes.
[spp-timestamp time=”26:07″] What is a wether and a what a hogget?
[spp-timestamp time=”27:06″] What is the difference between dry sheep and lactating sheep?
[spp-timestamp time=”28:20″] About WoolProducers Australia
[spp-timestamp time=”31:53″] Favourite moment of Richart Halliday
[spp-timestamp time=”36:18″] How to connect with Richard and with WoolProducers Australia
Terry Townsend Cotton Analytics interview at the Wool Academy Podcast with Elisabeth van Delden

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In this episode, cotton expert Dr Terry Townsend talks about the natural fibres industries in general. Terry gives brief introductions about cotton as well as other natural fibres. He points out why it is so important for natural fibres to connect and defend themselves against the synthetic fibres industry. Terry also expresses his high appreciation for farmers growing natural fibres. This episode is almost like a declaration of love towards farmers.  Terry also explains how some of the so-called fake facts about natural fibres exist and rectifies some of the allegations made. These include destroying the environment and using too much land. The cotton and wool industry can learn a lot from each other as the economic challenges continue for natural fibres in the future.


Connect with Terry Townsend here

Terry’s website Cotton Analytics

Terry’s LinkedIn profile


Key Timestamps

[spp-timestamp time=”01:42″] Introduction to Dr. Terry Townsend
[spp-timestamp time=”03:48″] Introduction to the cotton Industry
[spp-timestamp time=”06:20″] The relationship between wool and cotton
[spp-timestamp time=”10:12″] Defusing accusations that the natural fibre industries are destroying the environment
[spp-timestamp time=”24:32″] What cotton can learn from the wool industry
[spp-timestamp time=”29:00″] Overview of natural fibres
[spp-timestamp time=”32:40″] About the Discover Natural Fibres Initiative
[spp-timestamp time=”37:31″] How to connect with Terry Townsend
Philip Attard at Wool Academy Podcast episode 21

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In this episode wool grower and entrepreneur Philip Attard talks about the business he and his wife Alison created based out of their farm Gostwyck in Australia. Philip explains the different strategies he applied to create the Gostwyck Merino Wool brand to ensure a sustainable income for the business. One important aspect of Gostwyck Merino is traceability. This is key in a time and age where more and more consumer are eager to know where their wool is coming from. With the recently launched apparel label, Henry and Grace, Philip also gives insights into this new adventure of the Gostwyck Merino brand.


About Philip Attard

Philip took an interest in growing wool late in life.  After over 30 years in the computer industry, he and his wife Alison turned their attention to Gostwyck Farm, the wool they were growing and the management of the farm.  Over the past 17 years, Gostwyck has had many changes, notably the grazing management, animal welfare and wellbeing, and producing merino that is totally comfortable when worn next to the skin. Some of this merino is now used in the recently launched  maternity and baby wear brand  Henry and Grace.


Connect with Philip Attard here

Gostwyck Merino Website

Henry and Grace – Maternity and Baby Wear


Key Time Stamps

[spp-timestamp time=”00:49″]  About Philip Attard and his business

[spp-timestamp time=”03:16″]  The fascination about wool

[spp-timestamp time=”04:30″]  Different income streams

[spp-timestamp time=”05:19″]  Typical day at Gostwyck Merino

[spp-timestamp time=”07:12″]  About the Gostwyck farm and time controlled grazing

[spp-timestamp time=”10:30″]  How time controlled grazing management improved biodiversity

[spp-timestamp time=”13:23″]  The motivation to start the Gostwyck Merino wool brand

[spp-timestamp time=”18:16″]  What kind of brands were interested in Gostwyck Merino

[spp-timestamp time=”21:33″]  The benefits of having a website as a wool grower

[spp-timestamp time=”26:14″]   The motiavation behind staring baby and maternity wear label Henry and Grace


Geoff Kingwill Wool Academy Podcast episode 018

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South African Wool Grower Geoff Kingwill, shares insights into what it is like to run sheep in the semi-desert of the Karoo. He explains how holistic management of sheep and land helps reverse desertification. Geoff also explains what all there is to achieve and gain when working together with all parts of the wool industry supply chain. Learn why there is never a typical day in the life of a wool grower, what the Geoff’s different income streams are and how nature is challenging him and his sheep.


About Geoff Kingwill

Geoff Kingwill is Chairman of the IWTO Sustainability Committee and serves on the Working Groups dealing with Animal Welfare and the Environmental Credentials of Wool. He runs a farm producing Merino sheep, Angora goats and beef cattle. Mr Kingwill is a past Chairman of both Cape Wools South Africa and the Western Cape branch of the National Wool Growers Association and is currently Vice Chairman of the board of  BKB, a Wool Broker Business.

Get in contact with Geoff Kingwill


Key Time Stamps

[spp-timestamp time=”01:00″] Introduction
[spp-timestamp time=”01:39″] About Geoff Kingwill
[spp-timestamp time=”02:22″] Why Geoff went into farming
[spp-timestamp time=”04:24″] About Geoff’s farm
[spp-timestamp time=”05:24″] What do sheep eat in the Karoo being a cold semi-desert?
[spp-timestamp time=”06:47″] What does a typical day for Geoff look like?
[spp-timestamp time=”08:52″] Income streams of Geoff’s farm
[spp-timestamp time=”11:14″] What are the challenges of the wool growing business
[spp-timestamp time=”13:17″] Geoff’s motivation to engage himself within the international wool industry
[spp-timestamp time=”15:25″] Benefits of connecting with different members of the supply chain.
[spp-timestamp time=”18:01″] About holistic management.
[spp-timestamp time=”22:53″] Wind turbines as an additional income stream
[spp-timestamp time=”24:40″] What can the wool industry do to support wool growers.