Animal Architect Landcare Nutrition Farm Owner managerWhat could I possibly do with that ? Advisor TEACHER Researcher Agricultural Agronomist Science Degree Engineer Journalist Livestock Politician Trader Grain Trader Rural Banking Parks and recreationFashion officer
As well as going toUniversity, I do a coupleof other things . . . .
1. Early stage Cotton seed planted. With the correct: Science Soil conditions Fertiliser Management Water (rain or irrigated) Hopefully it grows!!! The plant increases in height and width Cotton is CONSTANTLY monitored
A beautiful white2. flower forms followed by a pinky/purpley flower.Flowering/ This produces aboll stage ‘boll’ - a green bud which gradually matures and opens Cotton plant is defoliated and finally ready for picking. Planting to harvesting takes 6-7 months.
Picking3. Picker picks the cotton Empty’s into chaser bin Which empty’s into module builder Module builder compacts cotton Tractor moves forward and pops out a cotton module
As input COSTS for farming INCREASE And prices back to farmers DECREASE As well as INCREASING labour and machinery costs Farmers must be the most EFFICIENT and the most TECHNOLOGICALLY advanced to evolve with these changes As an example…Engineers, researchers, scientists and farmers Have created something that can do all of what was shown in the previous slide . . . IN ONE MACHINE
The COTTON ROUND BALERPicks it Compacts it Wraps it Spits it out All while it is still moving!
How Ok, Nowthis lets get back to… Becomes this
The ‘GINNING’ Process4. Separates seed from cotton Cleans it Grades it into different quality Compacts it further into ‘bales’ Cotton is sold as BALES (227kg)
Almost all parts of the cotton plant are used in some way Australia exports cottonseed to Japan, Korea, China, Saudi Arabia and the USA.Australia and Egypt produce the best quality cotton in the world
The fibre from one 227kg cotton bale can produce 215 pairs of jeans 250 single bed sheets 750 shirts 2,100 pairs of boxer shorts 1,200 t-shirts 3,000 nappies, 4,300 pairs ofOr 680,000 sockscotton balls