Cotton ‘Fibre to Fabric’ workshop tour

17 January, 2005

Cotton growers will have an opportunity to get closer to their spinning mill customers during a series of “Fibre to Fabric Quality Workshops” scheduled in early February.

A joint initiative of the Cotton Research and Development Corporation, the Cotton CRC and CSIRO Textile and Fibre Technology, the three-hour workshops will be conducted at 10 different cotton growing locations in NSW and Queens land.

The focus of the Workshops will be to highlight results from a recent international mill survey and explain to growers the importance attached to individual fibre properties by spinners.

The survey confirmed that generally Australian cotton is rated highly, particularly on the basis of contamination, grade, and colour, spinning ability, staple length, trash content and elongation.

However, there are major concerns regarding some fibre properties such as high nep and short fibre content. The high micronaire values of Australian cotton over the last two to three years are also a big issue with mills.

Of further concern is the recent ITMF contamination survey, which found that contamination in Australian cotton, as is the case worldwide, is on the increase.

The Workshop series is designed to make growers aware of the significance of these issues and their impact on individual price premiums and the reputation of the Australian crop on world markets, and to provide ammunition with which to combat fibre quality problems during production and harvesting.

Additionally, growers will hear the latest on investigations of the opportunities to differentiate BMP cotton in the world market place.

Workshop presenters will include René van der Sluijs (CSIRO TFT), who will provide objective data from the mill survey; Tony Geitz (Cotton Shippers) – Cotton Market Situation and Outlook; Dr Mike Bange (CSIRO Plant Industry) – Agronomy Options; Mick Foster (Cotton Ginners Association) – Ginning Factors; Allan Williams – EMS Fibre Pathways project, and Cotton CRC Industry Development Officers in each region will also be involved.

The Workshop schedule is as follows:

p. February 7: 9.00am: Gunnedah Services Club. 2.30pm ACRI Narrabri
February 8: 9.00am: United Service Club Narromine. 3.00pm Hillston Ex-Services Club
February 9: 11.00am St George RSL. 4.00pm Goondiwindi GTTC Lagoon Street
February 10: 9.00am Theodore Hotel. 2.00pm Emerald Maraboon Tavern
February 11: 8.30am Dalby RSL. 2.00pm Moree Services Club

Further information: René van der Sluijs: 03 5246 4000