The importance of the objective measurement of 6 wool properties, namely mean fibre diameter, medullation, fibre length after carding, colour, bulk and vegetable matter content is discussed. The necessity of accounting for all these properties when determining wool price differentials or the suitability of a wool lot or blend for a particular end-use is emphasised. An assessment is made of the manufacturing consequences of unit changes in each property along with end-use suitability, based on textile technology knowledge. This is supported by prices for New Zealand wool, analysed with account taken of availability, end-use and textile properties.

PA, Dratch

Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production, Volume 46, , 179-182, 1986
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