5th International Workshop of the European Fine Fibre Network

Speciality fibres:
Production and processing in Europe and their contribution to rural development

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Edited by J.P Laker & Prof B. Dent

Macaulay Land Use Research Institute



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Speciality fibre processing in Italy
Carlo Piacenza, President Agenzia Lane d'Italia, Biella

A.S.E.C.A.U.M. - Cooperative structures supporting French mohair production
Christine Gérardin, ASECAUM, France

'Mohair des Fermes de France' - marketing French mohair
Nathaël Moreau, Laines d'Aujour, France

The potential for fine wool production in Europe
Angus Russel, UK

Potential for cashmere production in the E.U.
Angus Jacobsen, Cashmere Breeders Limited, Scotland

Economic overview of the French and world markets for Angora rabbit wool.
H. Ossard. R-G. Thébault, J-L. Vrillon, D.Allain, H. de Rochambeau, France

Filature de Chantemerle: textile production and marketing in the Longo Maï cooperative
Marie-Thérèse Chaupin & Joëlle Meunier, ATELIER, France

Production and processing of cashmere in Spain
Pablo Lara, University of Cordoba, Spain

Opportunities and constraints on the development of systems to supply industrial demands for luxury fibres
Barry Dent, IERM, UK

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This workshop was the fifth in a series of international meetings organised by the European Fine Fibre Network (EFFN) to identify the constraints and opportunities, biological, technical, ethical and economic, facing the future development of speciality animal fibre production in Europe.

Within this framework, previous EFFN workshops have addressed the genetic potential for improvement of the main speciality fibre breeds (Angora and cashmere goats, speciality wool sheep, Angora rabbits and South American camelids); the physiological mechanisms controlling fibre growth; the nutrition and grazing ecology of the fine fibre species; and the technical developments in fibre quality analysis.

The meeting addressed the economic and social potential of, and constraints on, the future development of European speciality animal fibre production within the context of rural development and livestock diversification.

The workshop participants represented a broad range of experience including speciality fibre producers and marketing organisations, livestock research scientists and representatives of organisations which influence the economic climate within which the industry must develop, such as the quality textile industry, and national bodies responsible for the administration of rural development policy.