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Investigating key Australian fibre production practices in the cotton, timber and wool sectors (Video and worksheet)

Investigating key Australian fibre production practices in the cotton, timber and wool sectors (Video and worksheet)

This video is about production of fibre from sheep and how it is used.

Video in review: Thyne McGreggor works at Willalooka Pastoral Company, SA. The dominant/well known sheep in Australia are the Merino, bred for wool. Merino wool is used for clothing, whereas the southdown wool has lower quality and is used for fibre (like carpet). The wool is graded.
Filming at the Minijumbuck, a wool bedding company, SA, which has been around since 1970s. It has a unique branding using the rams head. Wool is a natural fibre, sustainable, renewable and biodegradable, where there are work opportunities, and use of cutting edge technology – efficient machinery, computerised, precision, reliable.

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Questions:

  1. What has the Merino sheep been bred for in Australia?
  2. What are the British-bred sheep mostly known for?
  3. What is fine wool used for?
  4. What are the characteristics of British bred wool?
  5. What are some of the uses of the shorter stronger fibre?
  6. Why are the sheep shorn around November? What does it help with?
  7. What are the different microns used for clothing (fine) and carpet (coarse)?
  8. How many quilts and pillows can be produced in peak production?
  9. What has helped with production of these products over the years?

Suggested research:
Conduct an investigation on the insulation value of different fibres. Design an investigation that compares different fibres.

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To access the Teacher answers please go to the following link:

http://primezone.edu.au/resources/pdf/Exploring Australian approaches to producing cotton_answers.pdf

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