Australian Wools

Australian Wools
Australia is the world's greatest wool producing country, and supplies nearly 900 million Lb. yearly. Mainly merino. Only a small percentage of the wools are crossbreds. The wools, in the shorn state, are very yolky and only yield about 50 per cent pure wool after scouring. Owing to the vast-ness of the country there is a very wide range in qualities of wool, but all of them are of a high quality. Australian merino wool is classifiable into three chief types, which undergo modification according to the conditions of different localities : Fine, showing about 24 crimps to the inch. Medium, with 18 / 22 crimps and a blunt tip at the end of the fibre. Strong, with 14 / 18 crimps an altogether longer staple, and a knob-like tip.

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