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Rights: University of Waikato
Published 31 May 2010
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Dr Errol Wood (AgResearch)
The scouring process – that’s essential, because the sheep picks up contaminants such as dirt and also releases sweat and grease much like if we didn’t wash our hair for a year, imagine what our hair would be like. Well, the sheep has that same issue, so that has to be removed, and there’s a high production washing process by a wool scour. There are wool scours scattered around New Zealand, and they handle perhaps about 5 tonnes of wool an hour in their production to produce clean scoured wool – white, free of contaminants, ready for processing.