About the Journal

Focus and Scope

A journal for the publication of original articles about on-farm production, handling, transport, early-stage processing and marketing of wool, and all aspects of sheep breeding and husbandry. The emphasis was expanded in 1997 to include sheep and wool production in both Australia and New Zealand. Articles were also published on non-sheep fibre-producing breeds or sheep and wool work from other countries.


Articles are provided on an open source basis to registered users

Journal History

When the Wool Technology journal was first published in 1954 by the University of New South Wales it was a unique vehicle for communicating technical information to sheep and wool industry participants. The journal also provided an advertising vehicle for Merino studbreeders and industry service companies in its earlier years.


There have only been three editors during its life. Professors Pat McMahon and Euan Roberts edited the journal from 1954 until 1976. Professor Roberts remained editor until 1992 when Prof. Cottle became editor. The journal was published from UNSW, WRONZ and then UNE before it was terminated in 2009. The Animal Production Science journal now publishes many papers that may previously have been submitted to the journal.


Many journal papers were generated from the annual Wool Schools held at the School of Wool and Pastoral Sciences at UNSW.  School staff and graduates have been responsible for much of the research in the sheep and wool industry with many School graduates taking up research and extension positions in CSIRO, State Departments, Universities etc. The last paper published in the journal written by John Kennedy gives an overview of this history.