An experiment in New South Wales, Australia, has shown that the quality of wool can be increased dramatically by fitting sheep with artificial fibre coats.
SV & CU Flock of sheep wearing coats
SCU Sheep having coat removed
CU Man inspects fleece showing depth
SV More coats being removed from sheep
LV & CU INT. Sheep being shorn (4 shots)
CU Wool being shown to camera
SV & CU Shorn sheep having coats put back on
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The film was shot on a property called "Babaringa" in the south western district of New South Wales.
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Background: An experiment in New South Wales, Australia, has shown that the quality of wool can be increased dramatically by fitting sheep with artificial fibre coats.
In an experiment involving forty thousand sheep, the wool from animals wearing "sheepcoats" was substantially better than from those sheen without the coats. Conservative figures value the coated wool at forty pence a pound compared with ten pence a pound for the wool from uncoated sheep.
There has already bene an upsurge in the sales of Australian wool and the value because of international demand.
The experiment has been a joint project of several government departments in Australia and a commercial company which manufactures the coats from artificial fibres.
SYNOPSIS: Experiments in Australia have shown that the value of wool can be increased considerably, by fitting sheep with artificial fibre coats. These sheep in sheep's clothing are the results of some progressive planning. The wool from coated sheep has been valued at up to four times the worth of wool from similar sheep without coats. The coats protect the wool from contamination, and guard the health of sheep after shearing.
The wool from coated sheep has been valued at forty pence a pound. From similar uncoated sheep, ten pence a pound. The wool values were assessed after a government-supervised experiment involving forty thousand sheep.
The value and sales of Australian wool are rising on the international market, after a long slump partly blamed on synthetic fibres. Now, the use of synthetic fibres for clothing the sheep, seems to promise a further rise in wool income. One of the biggest problems in developing the sheepcoats was that of fit. The latest style come in four sizes and is designed to expand as the sheep grows more wool after shearing.
The latest design and the resulting improved wool is claimed as a success of major proportions. Following the improvement in the wool, there is a serious possibility that large numbers of Australian sheep will be fitted out with coats in the future.
Although the manufacturers are enthusiastic about the new sheep's clothing, they emphasis that a correct fit is essential. The four sizes can fit sheep with waist sizes from thirty-eight inches to fifty-six inches.