Sheep and Wool Units

There are six sheep and wool units:

More detail on each of the units can be found below.

All units are available externally and include a compulsory intensive school, except for WOOL300 which 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.  AWET provides reimbursement of economy travel and accommodation expenses.  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 travel award form and provide tax receipts.

Download the travel award form

Intensive School Dates for 2016

Trimester 1

  • Sheep Production (WOOL312/412/512) in Armidale, 13th - 15th April 2016

Trimester 2

  • Sheep Management (ANPR350/450) in Armidale, 15th - 16th August 2016
  • Wool Marketing and Clip Preparation (WOOL322/422/522) in Armidale, 17th - 19th August 2016
  • Wool Processing (WOOL382/482) in Melbourne/Geelong, 24th - 26th August 2016

Trimester 3

  • Wool Technology (WOOL372/472) in Melbourne 21st - 23rd November 2016

You can study as many of the units as you wish, and there is no particular order in which they need to be studied if you do choose to complete more than one.  The number of units you complete will depend on the course you are studying.

Visit the page "Why study sheep and wool science at UNE?" for more details on the courses you can enrol in to study the units, or check out the UNE course catalogue.  The cost of each unit depends on your enrolment and can be found on the 2016 Course Fees page.

Sheep Production (WOOL312/412/512)

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 Marketing and Clip Preparation (WOOL322/422/522)

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

Wool Processing (WOOL382/482)

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 Technology (WOOL372/472)

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 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

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.

There is no intensive school for this unit.

Sheep Management (ANPR350/450)

This unit provides students with the skills and knowledge to manage a sheep enterprise in Australia for profit.  The unit has 12 topics covering sheep management (weaner and adult), reproduction management, pregnancy and lamb production, pasture management, sustainable land and water management, marketing of sheep and sheepmeats, farm management methods, economics of sheep production, benchmarking and key profit drivers, use of discounted cash  flow analysis, managing risk and legal issues and regulations.

This unit is offered externally with a 2-day intensive school held in Armidale.