Now that really is a woolly jumper! Prince Charles amused by leaping sheep on visit to Tasmanian stud farm during Australian tour
Prince of Wales met merino wool sheep while wearing merino wool suitThe Duke of Cornwall tried his hand at fleece-throwing
Leenavale Sheep Stud has been in Thornbury family for four generationsSix-day visit down under is part of Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations
11:55 GMT, 8 November 2012
Leaping, frolicking lambs are an everyday site on farms.
But the Prince of Wales spotted a much older wooly jumper during a visit to a Tasmanian holding, where he was learning about Australia's world-leading wool trade.
Charles, visiting the Thornbury family's Leenavale Sheep Stud as part of his six-day tour down under with his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, watched as an adult sheep almost bounded straight out of a pen in its desperation to follow his fluffy friends into the shearing sheds.
Wooly jumper: Prince Charles watches a sheep bound in the air alongside farm manager Brent Thornbury during a visit to the Leenavale Sheep Stud at Sorell, some 20km east of Hobart
Charles and Camilla's six-day whistlestop trip to Australia is part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.
The Prince was visiting the farm to learn how the Thornbury family produce highly-prized merino wool, used to make luxury knitwear, jumpers and cloth for Italian suits – and even tried his hand at fleece-throwing.
He was sporting a grey pin-stripe double-breasted suit by Anderson & Sheppard, made, appropriately, from a rare quality of Australian Merino wool.
Charles did well to keep the mud off his expensive trousers when he was taken into a pen by Brent Thornbury who, along with brother Jason, is the fourth generation of his family to run the sheep stud.
Getting the giggles: Prince Charles and Brent Thornbury watch as a sheep dog runs on top of the sheep on Leenavale farm
The farm, located at Sorell, some 20km east of Hobart, covers 5,000 hectares and has around 12,000 merino sheep.
Alongside farm manager Brent Thornbury, the Duke of Cornwall watched as the sheep were moved along a narrow run into a pen before going into a shed where they would be sheared.
One enthusiastic farm dog called Zig, an Australian kelpie, jumped up and ran on to the backs of the sheep, which then began leaping into the air.
Give it some welly! Prince Charles throws a fleece onto the table during the visit to the sheep farm, remarking afterwards: 'I didn't do it well'
Inside the shearing shed, which had a corrugated iron roof and smelled strongly of sheep droppings, the Prince and Mr Thornbury watched shearers expertly snip off fleeces in three minutes.
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Royal seal of approval: Prince Charles inspects a fleece with Gerard Balbing
Suits me: Prince Charles met merino wool sheep while, appropriately, wearing an Australian merino wool suit
Woolly mountain: Prince Charles admires the piles of fleece on the farm
Walk this way: Prince Charles and Brent Thornbury watch the sheep being rounded into the shearing shed yards on the farm
It's a pile-up! Farm managers James and Brent Thornbury explain to Prince Charles how sheep farms are run
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