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Research to consider improved wool measurement systems

Friday, 25 January 2002

Wool producers may soon have access to improved on-farm fibre measurement technology, with the announcement today of a research project aimed at enhancing existing measurement systems.

As part of its On-Farm Fibre Measurement (OFFM) Innovation Program, Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) has appointed ACIL Consulting Pty Ltd (ACIL) to assess potential short term enhancements to the current on-farm fibre measurement systems (namely the OFDA2000 and the Sirolan Laserscan?/FleeceScan).

AWI Managing Director, Col Dorber said the approach was all about assisting greater numbers of wool producers to use the technology.

"Although the current commercial technologies and systems are obviously meeting a real demand among some wool producers, there is a question of whether enhancements to these systems would increase their use by wool producers."

It is estimated that last year wool from around 4 million sheep was assessed using these technologies.

Mr Dorber said the purpose of the research was to provide an objective assessment of those technology enhancements that could be implemented within twelve months for the benefit of Australian wool producers.

Depending on the outcome of this assessment, AWI would then consider providing funds for the development and or implementation of those proposed enhancements.

Mr Dorber said the ACIL team had been chosen because of its extensive experience and expertise in the analysis of wool harvesting, wool marketing, fibre metrology and farm economics.

"I would encourage anyone with views on how the existing technologies and systems can be enhanced to assist wool producers for genetic, wool harvesting and marketing or wool production purposes to contact either AWI or ACIL."

In the first instance calls should be made to ACIL, Tel (03) 9600 3144 or email canberra@acilconsulting.com.au

ACIL will be holding discussions with the respective manufacturers, a cross section of testing service providers and wool producers. A report will be provided to AWI by the end of March 2002.

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