$3m portal a game changer

Countryman
Pic spread in a shearing shed, in Witchcliffe just past Margaret River. Pictured - Leo "The Legend" Kelly, retired farmer, wool classer
Camera IconPic spread in a shearing shed, in Witchcliffe just past Margaret River. Pictured - Leo "The Legend" Kelly, retired farmer, wool classer Credit: The Sunday Times, Daniel Wilkins

Australian Wool Innovation has launched the first phase of WoolQ, formerly known as the Wool Exchange Portal, after three years of consultation and discussion.

The first phase of the $3 million app was the launch of the eSpeci tool — an alternative to paper speci, allowing woolgrowers and wool classers to capture in-shed clip data at the time of shearing.

It was designed to allow growers to gather and analyse data in one place.

AWI chief executive Stuart McCullough said the online portal facilitated collaboration between wool growers, classers, brokers and buyers.

AWI has spruiked the technology for its potential to reduce errors, share documentation and create a central source of rich information from multiple users.

Kojonup woolgrower Neil Jackson said WoolQ eSpeci would enable him to view his wool and better understand his farm’s performance.

“The WoolQ eSpeci is really easy to use,” he said.

“I can see how a digital record of all my specis will enable me to view my wool and better understand my farm’s performance.”

WoolQ will be able to be used on a mobile phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer — 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

WoolQ project director Peita Piper said additional features would be rolled out in July and December this year.

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