Pioneers in technology, setting fiber standards
The ongoing expansion of the Texas A&M AgriLife Bill Sims Wool and Mohair Research Laboratory is an exciting new chapter in a story of service by Texas A&M University to the animal fiber industry that goes back over 100 years.
The Bill Sims Wool and Mohair Research Laboratory was established in 1985 to address the needs of national wool and mohair research programs. The wool lab, originally on the Texas A&M campus, is now in a region of Texas that supports approximately 20% of the U.S. sheep population and 90% of the Angora goats in the nation.
Scientists at the wool lab conduct key high-priority research projects for sheep and goat raisers throughout the country.
The research done on objective measurement of fiber has been critical in developing improved flocks of fine-wool producing sheep, as well as ensuring domestic wool meets the required international testing specifications for commercial trade.