27. May, 2014

AWEX Brochure on Dark and Medullated Fibre Removal Scheme,quite funny

         This brochure can be seen on AWEX.com.au. > publications. >. DMFR  > what the mills say.   It lists some terrible scenarios for contamination at four stages in the processing chain, from 10 grams of dark and medullated fibres, allegedly in 10,000 kgs of Wool and 10,000 kgs of poly blend. In this example it is claimed at the fabric stage, where the contamination was found the damage was $ 500,000. At the next stage the damage would have been $ 2,500,000.                                   I would like to know, WHO WEIGHED the 10 grams of contamination, WHY didn't they keep it out. Sounds like bulltish to me. A continuation of the scare campaigns that have been going on forever.     Many years ago I worked with an elderly Wool Classer,  Harry Read or Reade,at Michells Wool Scour, Melbourne. He had been an appraiser for the Wool Commission during World War 2 As we were checking merino fleece wool before scouring (something that doesn't happen anywhere in the world today) There were seven or eight Wool Classers there, Harry said to no one in particular "What about the neck runners" I replied  " what about them", Harry said " they won't take the dye" I didn't know if this was true or not,but I knew no one cared,so I replied  "stuff the neck runners".        It just goes to show that misleading stories have always been around.

17. May, 2014

Wool processors always whinging.

      What can you believe, overseas wool processors say they can't make money, wool prices too high. Been the same forever, they would prefer it for free, but probably still whinge.

       But Mr Wen,president of Tianyu wool processing in China, can personally,on his own account buy 5000 plus acres of grazing and cropping land, only 80 Kim's from Melbourne.

       Must have cost more than $10,000,000.,and they say they are not making any money out of Wool, give us a break from this nonsense.



11. May, 2014

Wool Bale Contamination

On the subject of Wool Clip contamination in bales.

I find to laughable to repeatedly hear stories like the one in Board Talk, April 2013.

About a piece of barbed wire, found in a grab sample,and the terrible damage it could have caused later in the processing stages.

This is untrue and is used as a scare tactic for Wool Classers and Wool Growers.

All metal objects fall to the bottom of the first scouring bowl,which is cleaned once a week usually. They never cause any damage to delicate machinery. If the wire had been longer and tangled around one of the scour rollers, no problem, the Plant Engineer would cut it off in two or three minutes. No damage.