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Video Investigating key Australian approaches to producing cotton, timber and wool: producer video

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This is a video about short wool sheep breeds and how their wool is used at the MiniJumbuck factory at Narracorte South Australia to make quilts, underlays and pillows. Sheep are seen on farms as merino sheep producer Thyne McGregor and Southdown breeder Dee Nolan discuss the strengths of each type of wool and how each is used. The greater part of the video then shows the various stages of production at the MiniJumbuck factory including scoured and treated wool being unpacked, teased to a fairy floss consistency in the carding machine, attached to a quilt cover, and stitched into place. Retail manager Ollie Homan describes the process; tells of the amount of wool used and its source and thickness; highlights the advantages of wool quilts; and explains how MiniJumbuck has achieved brand recognition and a three-fold increase in productivity using computerised technology. The video lasts for 4:53min.

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Educational value
  • This is an excellent resource for studies of sheep and wool production and how primary and secondary producers bring wool bedding products from the farm to the consumer. Its detailed coverage of the processes at MiniJumbuck is very useful for upper primary and secondary content descriptions in the Design and Technologies curriculum. These include how and why fibre is produced in managed environments (years 5/6 and 7/8) and how products evolve regionally through the creativity, innovation and enterprise of individuals and groups (years 7/8). MiniJumbuck operations would also be a most worthwhile case study for the years 9/10 content description about investigating and making judgments on the ethical and sustainable production and marketing of fibre.
  • The video is also of considerable value for the Economic and business curriculum. Ollie Homan's discussion of the company's ram's head logo and the brand recognition it has achieved is particularly useful for the year 7 content description about the ways consumers and producers respond to and influence each other in the market. His explanation of how computerised German machinery has led to fewer shifts and reduced times of operation for the same output is highly relevant for the year 10 content description about the ways businesses organise themselves to improve productivity including the ways they manage their workforce. 
Year level

5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10

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