On-line Scientific and Technical Resources

The Livestock Library

The LIVESTOCK LIBRARY is an online or virtual library of information supporting Australia’s livestock industries. This resource was developed by the Sheep CRC and the Beef CRC.

It provides one-stop access to a wide range of Australian research publications, conference proceedings and reports on sheep and cattle research.

  • Immediate on-line access to over 60,000 full text publications relating to sheep and beef production;
  • Access to abstracts where the full text is not immediately available due to copyright;
  • Key word search capability.

There are over 24,000 full text documents available through the Livestock Library Research Database. Most of these resources are conference papers or journal articles. The serial titles held by the Livestock Library are complete, starting with the first published issue of every title. In addition, a federated search capability allows users to simultaneously search the websites of all state Departments of Agriculture and Primary Industries, AWI and MLA and the Livestock Library Research Database, providing immediate access to over 60,000 full text publications relating to sheep and beef production.

Journal of Wool Technology and Sheep Breeding

When the JOURNAL OF WOOL TECHNOLOGY AND SHEEP BREEDING was first published in 1954 by the University of New South Wales it was a unique vehicle for communicating technical information to sheep and wool industry participants. The journal also provided an advertising vehicle for Merino studbreeders and industry service companies in its earlier years.

Many journal papers were generated from the annual Wool Schools held at the School of Wool and Pastoral Sciences at UNSW. School staff and graduates have been responsible for much of the research in the sheep and wool industry with many School graduates taking up research and extension positions in CSIRO, State Departments, Universities etc.

When the journal(s) ceased publication in 2010 the then Editor, Professor David Cottle created an on-line archive using Open Journal Systems (OJS) as a platform. Subsequent to his retirement the management of this archive was transferred to the Australian Wool Education Trust.

The Trust has overseen an updating of the OJS’s software and relocated the archive to an OJS server to ensure its longevity going forward.

Consistent with its approach to supporting wool and sheep education the Trust has made access to the archive open source to registered users i.e. available at no fee.

OJS is a publishing system providing a submission, review, editing and publishing process that meets the normal requirements for science based publications. However, at this point submissions for publication are not being accepted.

CSIRO Publishing

CSIRO Publishing has a comprehensive range of publications concerning wool. It is Australia’s leading science publisher of books, journals and magazines.

It operates as a not-for-profit, editorially independent business unit within the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). Established as a stand-alone imprint and publishing house in 1995, the CSIRO journals program commenced as early as 1948. Its internationally recognised publishing program covers a wide range of scientific disciplines, including agriculture, plant and animal sciences, chemistry, health and the environment.

AWI On-line Educational Resources

Learn About Wool

Australian Wool Innovation has developed, in conjunction with Australian teachers, the LEARN ABOUT WOOL website .

This flexible and interactive range of resources can be easily incorporated into everyday classroom activities and support the development of students in line with curriculum guidelines across key content areas, including science, history, geography, design and technologies, and business and economics.

Wool Introductory Course

The WOOL INTRODUCTORY COURSE is a 25 minute course providing high level marketing education.

Wool Appreciation Course

The WOOL APPRECIATION COURSE is a 3-hour course that looks at the fibre from farm to fashion.

At completion of this course you can gain your own Wool Appreciation Badge from Credly. This can be displayed on your own digital professional portfolio such as Linkedin!

AWI YouTube Videos

AWI has a produced a large number of  VIDEOS PUBLISHED ON YOUTUBE, covering an extensive range of topics. These are excellent resource materials for educators, students, producers and other industry participants.

AWTA LTD Technical Resources

The Australian Wool Testing Authority Ltd regularly produces PUBLICATIONS AND RESOURCE MATERIALS to assist and provide information to the Wool Industry in its day to day business with the Company, and to provide material to inform the industry about the Company and the services it provides.

The material is intended for anyone wishing to develop a broad understanding of wool, wool production, marketing, testing and processing, with particular emphasis on the role of objective measurement in these industry sectors.

The material is broadly classified into a number of specific groups:

  • Annual Reviews
  • Brochures & Handbooks
  • Industry Links
  • Research Papers

It is the Company’s policy to make all its publications available on its web site. Where practical, publications can be viewed as web pages, in instances where this is not practical they are available in PDF format. Publications produced by third parties deemed to be of value to the industry are also included.

Wool Industry Glossary of Terms

AWTA Ltd maintains a comprehensive searchable glossary of terms on its website.