New opportunities for NSW wool growers
21 November 2011
NSW sheep and wool companies could soon be working with their counterparts in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh (HP) following a recent visit by two senior representatives of the HP Wool Federation.
The November visit was the culmination of 18 months work by NSW Trade & Investment on possible assistance for the HP sheep and wool industry which is poised for growth to service domestic and foreign markets.
While in Central Western NSW, HP Wool Federation Chairman Shri Trilok Kapoor and Executive Officer Deepak Saini investigated breeding, rearing and management of sheep (including genetic selection, progeny recording, RFID technology), mobile wool shearing technology and computerised wool handling and auctions. They were briefed by business advisers and wool industry specialists from NSW Trade & Investment.
They visited Orange Agricultural Institute and wool handling and selling company Australian Wool Network at Bathurst which handles 8,000 bales a month. They visited a sheep stud, Bralca, at Molong, to discuss sheep genetics with farmer Ben Watts, who is a NSW Trade & Investment client.
After Mr Kapoor and Mr Saini report back to the HP Wool Federation, it is anticipated that NSW companies will be asked to assist with sheep genetics, artificial reproductive technology equipment and training, and sheep handling equipment.