THREE DAYS: 8 – 5 pm

  • wool fiber growth, development and production,
  • objective measurement of wool,
  • genetic selection programs,
  • wool contamination and handling practices,
  • hands-on wool grading,
  • wool classing,
  • packaging, labeling and marketing,
  • and test for Level 1 Certification

DAY ONE GOAL

  1. Introduction of Students;
  2. Overview of Wool, Wool Grading and measurement; grade differences;
  3. Shearing site workers and responsibilities; creation of wool lines.

TOPIC

TIMEFRAME

FORMAT

Wool Classing School: Introductions

30 Minutes

Power Point Presentation

WOOL 101

1 Hour

Power Point Presentation

WOOL Handling & Contamination

30 Minutes

DVD

M O R N I N G     B R E A K (15-20 minutes)

Contamination

30 Minutes

Power Point Presentation

Quick Review if class watched video

The Value of Wool:

o  Wool Grading overview
o  Wool Measuring Methods: Core Test reports
o  Grading Systems: Blood, Spinning Counts, Microns

1 Hour

Power Point Presentation

Wool Grading Overview

  

Questions on material covered in morning sessions?  L U N C H   B R E A K:  ONE HOUR

Creating a Sample Notebook: Note differences in wool

Grading: Fine, Medium and Coarse

o     Determine Lines # 1
o     Determine Lines # 2
o     Determine Lines # 3
o     Determine Lines # 4

 

3 person teams

Wool Pricing

30 Minutes

Power Point Presentation

Continue Wool Classing Lines

o        Determine Line # 5
o        Determine Line # 6
o        Determine Line #7
o        Off Sort Lines

 

 

OPEN BOOK WOOL TEST – End of Day ONE

DAY TWO GOAL

  1. Wool handling skills in shed or on trailers;
  2. Wool Grading;
  3. Wool Classing factors;
  4. Creating Wool lines;
  5. Proper packaging and labeling.

TOPIC

TIMEFRAME

FORMAT

Skirting and Classing: Set Up

1 Hour

Power Point Presentation

Wool Classing Lines:   Mixed Bags of Wool

o        Classing Line # 8
o        Classing Line # 9
o        Classing Line # 10

1 Hour

3 person teams

M O R N I N G    B R E A K    15-20 minutes Segment = 10:30 am – 12:00

Class continues at Shearing Site until Lunch

  

Packaging

30 minutes

Power Point Presentation

Shed Skills

o        “Joe’s” first Day
o        Wool Workers’ responsibilities:      Classer, Handler, Pressor
o        Wool Preparation: Picking & Throwing
o        Skirting Technique: Rolling, Skirting, Round table use
o        Pressing Wool          OR

30-45 Minutes

Video Presentation: Australian

Classing on the Hoof

30 minutes

Power Point Presentation

L U N C H    B R E A K – 1 Hour

Class returns to Shearing Site work

  

Watch and Identify Workers (Roles of each)

  

Review Shearing Set up: Is it efficient?

  

Identify Fleece parts, Throw fleeces, Offsorts

  

Create on-site Wool Lines

 

3 Person teams

Wool Classing Lines : 20 Fleeces sorted for lines

  

Offsorts: sorted into Bellies, Locks, Pieces

  

WOOL 101: Open Book Test

  

END OF DAY TWO

DAY THREE GOAL

  1. Wool background information
  2. The processing of wool
  3. Other related wool topics
  4. Classing Line practice
  5. Final Test (completion)
  6. Woolhandling Skills Test
  7. Explanation of Classer Forms.

TOPIC

TIMEFRAME

FORMAT

Wool Processing

1 Hour

Power Point Presentation

Wool textile and garment review

  

Responsibility in Wool production

1 Hour

Power Point Presentation

Classing Paperwork:

1.       Wool Press Record: (Classers need to use this)
o     Copy for Classer
o     Copy for Grower
o     Copy for Buyer/Warehouse

2.       Classer Log Book: Added comments about clip.  Must maintain for classing status records

3.       (Canadian standard Classer Specs)
o     Best summary report for clip with additional comments;
o     Good to turn in for increasing Classer Status;
o     Takes a lot of time to fill out forms!

  

Work at Shearing Site

o        Identify all off-sort types: location on site
o        Correctly identify parts of the fleece
o        Throw 5 Fleeces
o        Skirt at least 5 Fleeces
o        Correctly label bale lines at Shearing Site
o        Correctly complete Wool Press Record

 

With instructor supervision

Practical Test:

Correctly handle, sort & class at least 10 wool fleeces into various wool lines under instructor’s supervision.

GOALS: 

o        Complete & return all written tests (2)
o        Return Classing Line Test,
o        Complete Shearing Site Practical Exam
o        Return completed Classing Forms
o        Complete Class Evaluation

  
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