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Let's have some fun finding out about all things to do with fibre and textile processing of natural fibres in Australia and maybe even some worldwide information as well.
Here are your  challenges!
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The answer is

c) 95%

95% of all Australian clean wool (i.e. scoured or carbonised Australian sheep wool) is exported from Australia.  (Source Australian Wool Industries Secretariat Inc.)

Of the Wool that is scoured or carbonised in Australia, some of the coarser wools are used to make duvets, pillows and pillow top mattresses.

Of the small percentage of Merino clip that is scoured or carbonised in Australia, very little stays in Australia for further processing. Most of this clean Merino wool and other fine wools, will be re-baled and transported overseas for further processing.

So if you own a genuine 100% Australian grown and manufactured woollen garment or textile product you are lucky, as you possess something quite rare!

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The answer is

c) 3%

97.5% of all Australian greasy wool (i.e. shorn, baled and unprocessed sheep wool) is exported from Australia.  (Source Australian Wool Industries Secretariat Inc.)

The greasy wool, which is processed onshore, goes firstly to the few remaining wool scours or carbonisers for the first stage in wool processing. In the case of scouring, the wool grease, dirt and suint (dried sweat) are removed. In carbonising, any vegetable matter (grass seeds, burrs, small twigs etc) are removed as well. The wool which has undergone these cleaning processes is called clean wool.

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The answer is

b) 328 million tonnes

The Australian Wool Innovation Ltd reported that the greasy wool production for the 2022/ 2023 financial year was approximately 328 million tonnes greasy according to the Australian Wool Production Forecasting Committee. This is a rise of 1.3% on the previous year and attributed mainly to the good season experienced in the major wool growing regions of Australia. That is, there was an abundance of good feed for the sheep and they grew more wool!

The Great Aussie Fibre Hamper 2023

14th - 16th July 2023

At the Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show.

Win a treasure trove of 100% Australian grown and made products valued at over $1000!

Enter the draw when you purchase AFC licensed products from member stalls.

Visit the Great Aussie Fibre Hamper page for more details.

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The Great Aussie Fibre Hamper

15th - 17th July 2022

At the Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show.

Win a treasure trove of 100% Australian grown and made products valued at over $1000!

Enter the draw when you purchase AFC licensed products from member stalls.

Visit the Great Aussie Fibre Hamper page for more details.

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Australian Fibre Collective in Yarnologie Magazine

Summer 21/22

We are delighted to see a very informative write up about the Australian Fibre Collective in the summer edition of Yarnologie magazine. Grab a copy to read all about what we do and see a few of our licensees in print.

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The Bale and Beyond - Online Event

Thursday 13th May

1pm

2021

We invite you to register for an afternoon exploring the Bale and Beyond. This afternoon conference will be of particular interest to:

  • Fibre producers wishing to value add to their clips, or better prepare their clips for processing

  • Those who want to learn how to navigate the Australian Textile Industry from fibre producer through to finished product.

  • People wanting to create a quality locally sourced textile products.

  • Consumers just wanting to know more about the fibre products they buy and how they are made.

Join us for an afternoon where our experts walk you through the industry in Australia from Sheep to Jumper (or blanket, socks, suits… the possibilities are endless).

Email enquiries@australianfibrecollective.org for zoom link

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Campbell town show

28th and 29th May

2021

We will have a Stand at the Campbell Town Show this year. Please come along and have a chat to us to find out what we do and how you can support the Australian Fibre industry.

 

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