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Beyond the Bale : Apr - May 08
3 AWl NEWS BEYONDTHE BALE Mills support DMFR scheme Welcome to the Wool Pages Some of the largest users of Australian Merino wool have given their support to the Dark and Medullated Fibre Risk (DMFR) scheme and are urging woolgrowers to consider the impact these fibres have on the production pipeline. In one example of the impact of medullated-fibre contamination, provided by the Macquarie Textiles Group, the value of the product at different stages of processing was: o wool (10,000 kilograms, 24 microns) - $120,000; o yarn (20,000kg wool/poly blend) - $350,000; o fabric (38,000 metres) - $500,000; and o suits (10,000) - $2,500,000 In this case, the contamination was not found until the fabric stage. It only needed 10 grams in the original I O,OOOkg to create the problem. In a new brochure to go out to woolgrowers this year via brokers, II of Australia's largest customers explain why grower participation in the DMFR scheme helps them. Charles lng, president of Reward (Ningbo) Wool Industry Co. Ltd in China, says 62.8 per cent of Australia's wool went to China in 2006 and, as large customers, they do not want to jeopardise a successful partnership. "No one can afford to be negligent;' Mr Ing says. "Hence, wool quality in general is of utmost importance and is vital for continued success for suppliers and users like us.We strongly support the current implementation of the DMFR scheme and hope more woolgrowers in Australia will have their wools listed under the scheme:' Wen Qingnan, president of the Tianyu Wool Industry Co. Ltd in China also supports the scheme. "It is not only a free-of-charge scheme, but more importantly it provides vital quality information to all sectors across the pipeline. Remember, only the Australian wool industry has the integrity to establish such a scheme;' he says. Director of China Textiles Resources Nanjing Corp in China, Zheng Yaokun, says the DMFR scheme is a clean and concise way to convey the potential risk of contaminating fibres in a sales lot. "Such information, regardless of the actual rating, allows our buyers to purchase wool in Australia with increased confidence and is a win-win for all concerned;' he says. "Woolgrowers not using the scheme hurt their sale prospects and Australia's reputation." General manager of the Youngor Group, Zhu Jie, says that in China wool represents quality and refinement. Australian wool, or 'Ao Mao' as it is called in China, represents the highest quality and is desirable to all Chinese consumers, Ms Jie says. "This reputation has been built over many years and is the envy of many other textile fibres. Australian woolgrowers must protect their wool's reputation:' Dark and/or medullated fibre contamination is often not found until after weaving or dyeing. Removal at this stage involves costly manual removal of the individual contaminant fibres, and a claim for compensation is usually worn by the topmaker. DMFR ratings help buyers and processors put wool to its right end-use and creates awareness of any potential problems with contamination. Woolgrowers who do not participate are losing the opportunity for their wool to be sold to buyers who only buy DMFR- rated clips, therefore decreasing their wool's marketability. Growers are advised to seek more information on the scheme from their broker or selling agent or via the internet. AWl has invested nearly $3 million in the national Dark and Medullated Fibre program, as part of a partnership led by the Federation of Australian Wool Organisations and involving the Australian Wool Testing Authority (AWTA), CSIRO, wool-selling brokers and grower bodies. comprehensive directory of the Australian sheep and ft^;ool industry is now available for 2008. The 12th edition of Wool Pages contains 88 pages þf contacts, from sheep-breed organisations through 10 education, spinning mills, wool buyers, tourism, wool roducts and crafts, plus a calendar of wool-related vents. With AWl support, the Wool Pages directory printed annually to facilitate communication throughout the entire wool industry.This useful, toncise and easy-to-use booklet contains all the ecessary contact details, including email addresses nd websites. It answers many of those frustrating nd time-consuming 'Where can I find. . .7' queries. The directory is small enough to fit in the car glove box and smart enough to leave beside the phone.Wool Pages is produced by the Australian Wool Showcase, a voluntary wool-promotion group, and reaches more than 2500 Australian and international readers annually. Wool Pages can be downloaded free from the AWl website at www.wool.com.au/publications. Hard copies are available direct from Australian Wool Showcase for $5 each, including delivery. More information: Australian Wool Showcase, 03 5233 6241, PO Box 34, Birregurra,Victoria, 3242; www.wool.com.au/publications Scholarships to encourage sheep careers The Sheep CRC has made a start on its ambitious program to help the sheep industry overcome the shortfall in skilled, professional, postgraduate researchers by launching a scholarship program. Project leader Dr Graham Gardner hopes to recruit 39 students with scholarships worth up to $30,000 per year over the next two years. "We're only six months in, but already we have been able to offer eight scholarships to students, to work on either PhD or Masters Degree projects across the CRC network;' he says "And more postgraduate scholars are invited to applY:' The scholarships, co-funded by AWl, will provide a tax-free stipend of $27,000 (Masters) and $30,000 (PhD) a year for two or three years. Applications will be accepted up to the end of October each year, with offers made in December 2008 and 2009, but the Sheep CRC will consider exceptional applications out of session. "Students will have the opportunity to work on key CRC research projects, which are aimed at transforming wool, meat and the sheep that produce them;' Dr Gardner says. "The Sheep CRC graduates will then be able to go on to a wide range of career opportunities in research and higher education, production and post-farm industries, and consulting and advisory services." Dr Gardner says professional development will be a key part of the program, with an annual postgraduate conference at which students will present their research to peers and CRC scientists. There will also be a workshop to help students develop the skills needed for employment. The Sheep CRC also encourages professionals already working in the sheep industry to take up postgraduate training. "The Masters programs could be a particularly good fit for rising stars within the industry to take their skills to new levels. And there is no reason why the research topic couldn't be aligned with a business opportunity, provided it is consistent with the CRe's direction. "The CRC is happy to work with employers and prospective students to negotiate an appropriate package for people in full-time employment to embark on postgraduate training programs:' Initial enquiries should be made to Dr Graham Gardner at Murdoch University,WA. Contact details, application forms, and terms and conditions, can be downloaded from the Sheep CRC website (www.sheepcrc.org.au). More information: www.wool.com.au; www.woolindustries.org; www.awta.com.au
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