Sheep and Wool Units

All units are available externally. Sheep Production (WOOL412/512) is also available internally. All 400 and 500 level units include a compulsory intensive school, WOOL300 however, is entirely online. Assistance with travel costs to and from the intensive schools is available to all students due to the generosity of the AWET travel award.

There are five sheep and wool units

  • Sheep Production (WOOL412/512; Trimester 1)
  • Wool Biology and Measurement (WOOL472/572; Trimester 1)
  • Wool Marketing and Clip Preparation (WOOL422/522; Trimester 2)
  • Wool Processing (WOOL482/582; Trimester 2)
  • Fundamentals of Sheep and Wool Production (WOOL300; Trimester 3)

Sheep Production (WOOL412/512)

This unit introduces the major themes associated with sheep production in Australia including topics on wool and sheep meat production, sheep health, genetics of sheep breeding, nutritional and environmental constraints to sheep production and management of sheep production.

This unit is offered in both internal and external mode with external students attending a 3 day intensive school held at UNE, Armidale in April.

Practical sessions, during trimester for internals and the intensive school for externals, include precision sheep management, reproduction and sire selection, use of web based tools to manage sheep health, grazing management, visits to commercial sheep properties and assessment of sheep and lambs for sale, Sheep CRC industry workshop and other industry based workshops.  These sessions are facilitated by UNE teaching and research staff, Sheep CRC, MLA and DPI staff and local producers. 

Wool Biology and Measurement (WOOL472/572)

This unit examines the cellular and molecular structure of the wool fibre and wool follicle formation. All aspects of wool measurement and its effects on sheep selection, prediction formulae and processing performance are covered. Specifically, topics include the measurement of fibre diameter, staple length, staple strength, colour and wool contamination, as well as, wool yarn and wool fabric objective measurements.

The intensive school is held at Australian Wool Testing Authority, Melbourne (April) and includes: 

  • Tour of AWTA facilities
  • Day-trip to Deakin University and National Wool Museum and National Wool Selling centre
  • Practical sessions
  • Industry guest speakers and demonstrations

Wool Processing (WOOL482/582)

This unit introduces the major principles and procedures involved in both early and late stage wool processing. All aspects of worsted and woollen systems; wool scouring, carding, carbonising, drafting, gilling, combing, spinning, weaving, knitting and finishing. This unit also covers the effect of fibre properties on processing performance and the latest developments in wool processing.

The intensive school is held in Melbourne and Geelong (August), and includes: 

  • Tours of a scouring plant, carpet manufacturer, garment manufacturers and retailers, and dyeing and weaving plants
  • Practical sessions at Deakin University
  • Industry guest speakers

Wool Marketing and Clip Preparation (WOOL422/522)

This unit highlights the issues facing wool as a fibre in an intensely competitive global apparel textile market. The unit is designed to provide students and non-economists with a basic understanding of economic and marketing principles together with clip preparation procedures.

Specific topics include, on farm fibre measurement, shearing, wool classing, selling systems, developments in wool marketing and demand for Australian wool and product promotion.

The intensive school is held at UNE, Armidale (August), and includes: 

  • Industry guest speakers
  • Wool trading activities, with 'mock' auction
  • Wool classing demonstrations and activities at TAFE NSW
  • Local property visit to shearing shed to observe on-farm micron testing

Fundamentals of Sheep and Wool Production (WOOL300)

This unit provides an introduction to the Australian sheep and wool industry and production systems. It outlines the factors affecting the production of sheep meat and wool, and considerations the producer needs to take into account including nutrition, genetics and environment. It also outlines the marketing systems for wool, and the importance of meeting consumer demands for the sustainability of the industry.

Offered in Trimester 3, this unit is only available to those students studying the new Agrifood Systems degree in 2014. However, it will be open to students studying other degrees from 2015.

There is no intensive school for this unit.

Travel Awards

AWET provides reimbursement of economy travel and accommodation expenses to students attending the wool unit intensive schools. The amount students will be reimbursed depends on the location of the intensive school, and where students are travelling from. To receive the travel award students must complete the form and provide tax receipts.

Travel award form