This course provides an understanding of the Australian wool industry; its history, production profile, markets and market trends and transformation of the fibre from sheep’s back to final product. It also presents a unique opportunity to understand how decisions affecting the purchasing, processing and marketing of wool products are communicated up and down the pipeline from retail to the wool producer.

Included were visits to view shearing, broker’s operations, testing, auction selling as well as manufacturing processes.

This course is a valuable pre-requisite for those intending to undertake any of the following 5 courses.

Mr Chris Wilcox Woolmark CompanyAustralian Wool Market ReviewPresentation

Mr Barry White, IFCAustralian Wool Industry OverviewPresentationNotes
Profile of Australian wool clipNotes
The Australian wool pipelineNotes
Organisations in the Australian wool industryNotes
Dr Geoff Naylor, CSIROThe Wool Fibre & ApplicationsPresentationNotes
Mr Gary Robinson, AWIWool Processing
Fibre to FabricPresentationNotes
Innovations in WoolPresentationNotes
Mr Tim Steere, AWTAWool Testing and CertificationPresentationNotes
Dr. Kerry Hansford, AWEXContemporary issues in the Australian wool industry – quality, clip preparation, contamination. AWEX’s rolePresentation
Mr Barry White, IFCDecision Making in the Textile PipelinePresentationNotes
Mr Geoff Fisken, (Lal Lal Estate)The Role of the WoolgrowerPresentation
Mr Don McWhirter (MacWool)The Role of the WoolbuyerPresentation
Mr Michael Blake (BWK Elders)The Role of the TopmakerPresentation
Mr Gary Robinson, AWIThe Role of the SpinnerPresentation
Mr David Alexander, (Australian Country Spinners)The Role of the Fabric Manufacturer/KnitterPresentation
Mr Frank Kisvarda (ex Sportscraft)The Role of the Garment MakerPresentationNotes
Mr Andrew ReichWhat the Consumer Looks For – the Role of the RetailerNotes