Woolwise is the only web-based repository of the educational resources created by the CRC for Premium Quality Wool during its activities from 1993-2000. This resource collection consists of some 2500 high quality Microsoft Powerpoint slides prepared and edited by leading Australian wool educators, researchers, and industry personnel. Each slide is accompanied by explanatory notes and references to allow users to extract personalised information modules.

The educational resources are organised into subjects, themes, topics and modules. The files associated with each subject can be downloaded as a compressed collection in ZIP file format, using the links provided below.

Wool Biology

The wool-producing ‘factory’ is the 50 million or so follicles embedded in the skin of sheep. This unit covers in detail, how these follicles form, what cellular and molecular processes produce the fibre, how genetics and nutrition affect these processes, and how we might use genetic engineering to produce a better fibre. There are 8 themes within this subject:

  • Biological Techniques
  • Wool Follicles
  • Wool Follicle Cycle
  • Wool Follicle Development
  • Fibre
  • Skin
  • Wool Growth
  • Applications

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Wool Production

This subject focuses on wool production systems from the point of view of those greasy wool attributes which influence wool value and the profitability of the enterprise. The genetic, nutritional, environmental, physiological and management factors which determine wool production and wool quality are covered in detail. This subject incorporates 6 themes.

  • An Introduction to Australian Wool Production
  • Wool – An Inherently Variable Product
  • Challenges to Wool Production and Quality
  • The Role of Genetics in Wool Production
  • Grazing and Nutritional Management
  • Benchmarking

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Wool Technology

Wool Technology links production and metrology to processing. An overview of processing systems, Worsted and Woollen, is presented. The early stage processing of wool and the spinning process to yarn are covered in much detail with the principles, processes and machinery explained and examined. The utilisation of wool fibre in the world-wide textile industry is presented, including the development of new products, and other textile fibres that compete with wool are described. Fibre properties and their impact on processing and final products are also covered. There are 5 themes within this subject.

  • Introduction to Wool Technology
  • Early Stage Processing
  • Later Stage Processing
  • Final Products and Fibre Properties
  • Textile Manufacture

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Wool Metrology

The subject of Wool Metrology covers all aspects of wool measurement or metrology and its effect on the marketing of Australian wool. It introduces the concept of objective measurement and explains in detail the procedures and measurements involved to objectively specify the Australian clip. The value of measurement to the industry is outlined. This subject is closely linked to the subjects Wool Technology and Wool Marketing and should supplement many topics introduced in the Wool Production subject. This subject incorporates 6 themes.

  • Introduction to Wool Metrology
  • Objective Measurement
  • Instruments to Measure Wool Properties
  • Processing Prediction and Quality Control
  • Latest Developments in Wool Metrology
  • Wool Metrology in the Industrial Environment

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Wool Marketing

This subject covers all aspects of the principles of marketing, the global fibre textile market, the retail environment, wool promotion, research and development, transfer of ownership and price risk management in the wool industry. There is only one theme in this subject.

  • Wool  Marketing

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