Woolgrowers from Tumbarumba, Australia, in south-west New South Wales have broken their own record to produce the world's finest-ever bale of wool.
The bale of 11.5 micron fleece was sold for an undisclosed price to a high-end Italian company, which will use it to make about 50 very highly priced suits.
Highly prized too, according to wool broker Mark Hedley, who says that even if you can afford a suit made from the world's finest bale, you still might not be able to get your hands on one.
"It's a flagship design in the sense that if you buy a suit one year, you are invited to buy a suit the next year," he says. "If you would like to buy one of those suits, you actually go on a waiting list."
Reprinted from ABC Australia