Samples of fleece wool that are taken from individual sheep are submitted by sheep breeders and wool growers for the routine measurement of Fibre Diameter (micron) using a Laserscan instrument. This instrument provides other data in conjunction with the Fibre Diameter result, including the Coefficient of Variation of Diameter (CVD), Comfort Factor and a Fibre Curvature measurement result.
The results of individual fleece measurement tests are often used for the following purposes:
Fleece measurement is predominantly performed on sheep's wool but most of the above attributes can also be measured on mohair, alpaca, cashmere or other animal fibres.
Fleece measurement is often also referred to as mid-side testing, taking its common name from the location on the animal from where the sample is taken.
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Form - Speciality Fibre Test Request (Alpaca, Mohair, Angora & Cashmere)