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I saw this interesting article in the San Francisco Chronicle that I thought I would share with you all. "A select group of Australian sheep that was pampered and allowed to listen to opera music has created a bale of the world's finest and most expensive wool, according to one of the farmers who contributed sheep to the project.  The Highland Partnership hand picked several of the animals in the Snowy Mountains Region of New South Wales, and kept them in small groups under the care of a sheep nutrionist.  The tender loving care resulted in strands of wool averaging only 11.9 microns in thickness, compared with the Australian sheep average of 20-21 microns.  The entire bale was purchased by Italian designer Loro Piana at about 345 times the going rate for wool.  He plans to create about 50 men's suits out of the superfine fibers, retailing at more then $11,000 apiece." San Francisco Chronicle, December 11, 2004