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Biological Fleece Weakening

Previous attempts to develop biological defleecing of sheep by chemically inducing separation of the wool fibres from the skin, while technologically feasible, were not commercially viable due to the high cost treatment, netting (to prevent wool loss) and labour.

This investment examines an alternative approach based on creating a weakened zone within the staple, but not completely severing the wool fibre, that would allow normal staple growth to occur for a period sufficient to protect the sheep from the elements and subsequent automated fleece removal.

Project date

14 Oct 2019-15 Jun 2020

Principal investigator

Forbes Brien

Research organisation

The University of Adelaide (UA)

Project led by

Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)

Australian Wool Innovation is a not-for-profit enterprise that conducts research, development and marketing along the worldwide supply chain for Australian …

  • Location

    Australia

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Focus areas

Industries

Sustainabilities

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