Entries are currently being sought for the 13th Australian Fleece Competition, a feature event at this year's Australian Sheep and Wool Show to be held in Bendigo, Victoria from 16 - 21 July 2013. Typically over 400 fleeces are entered in this national competition making it the largest fleece competition in the world.
The monthly comparisons of Total Lots, Bales and Weight for February 2013 compared with the same period last season are:
+1.6%, +5.8% and +5.9% respectively.
AWTA’s Product Testing division aims to provide the highest quality service for its clients. To achieve this we have been making changes to the way we book samples in, process them through our various laboratories and provide reports.
The Spring 2012 weather was favourable this haymaking season and as a result the quality of hay has generally been excellent with early cutting and short curing times. However dry conditions since December 2012 have lowered the quality of late cut hay. FeedTest has compiled some averages from the samples tested in the first half of this season and it shows some interesting patterns.
On average, the AWTA Ltd laboratory staff find contamination or non-wool material in the samples of four lots each and every week. After further investigation, usually involving the inspection of the wool by emptying the bales, about half of these lots are confirmed to contain contamination.