Wool Coring Machine MSU Photo by Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez
Andrew Williams, wool lab manager at Montana State University tests wool fleece from Targhee-Rambouillet crossbred sheep with a wool coring machine at the Montana State Red Bluff Research Ranch, near Norris, Mont. The wool coring machine is designed by the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center for the MSU College of Agriculture's Wool Lab.

Partnership makes quick work of wool testing

Unique wool sampling machine increasing researcher's capacity to identify sheep that yield quality wool, which could help sheep producers breed for greater profits.

On March 16, about 200 sheep from Montana State University’s research flock were relieved of their annual wool fleece, and a one-of-a-kind new machine designed by the university’s Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC) was put through its paces.

Unlike other older machines used to assess the quality of wool, the one designed by MMEC is faster and portable, said Whit Stewart, a sheep specialist with Montana State Extension and an assistant professor of sheep and wool

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