Sisal Plants

To see these plants grown on Australian Farms and going into Australian Mills to be woven then to be, sold & exported around the world !

SO if there is anybody out there and has a similar vision "JUST DO IT"

These Plants COULD be Grown in most parts of AUSTRALIA, especially in the Rural Cotton Belt & most Arid Lands, as this plant is not unlike a CACTUS & would adapt well taking into account, the amount of Growth Required "Obviously" would be Dictated by Irrigation & Nutrition, etc.

Research shows this product can produce a yield of approximately $700.oo per tone is attainable, this plant has a life span of about 8 years & is harvested every 6 months, that is if certan conditions apply!

The HISTORY of sisal :
Sisal is a plant original from Yucatan, Mexico. It is also called sosquil and green gold. Centuries before the arrival of the  Spaniards, the mayans used the fiber of the yucatecan sisal in their activities, without sisal, it had not been possible to construct the temples and buildings that are characteristically of this culture, a pre-Columbian civilisation.

The Spanish conquerors gave little importance to the sisal, however the Indians continued with its crop and rudimentary industrialisation, called ci' and its Tzoztzqui fibres (agave hair) that the Spaniards turned into sosquil. Fray Diego de Landa said: " the natives of Yucatan have a country weed that their raise in their houses and produce cañamo with which they make infinite things for their service ".

In the advanced colonial period, the culture and commerce of sisal was done as an additional work in the haciendas with the purpose of obtaining the necessary fiber for its own consumption of ropes and bags.

The sisal boardings began in 1780. The main items were hammocks, bags and camp beds.

In 1875 the patent of the first efficient defibering machine was granted to Jose Esteban Solís, some time later, the steam machine united to the defibering machines.

In 1878 Cyrus McCormick invented the wheat sheave machine, which used sisal thread denominated " Binder Twine ", this stimulated the crop and as a consequence the use of mechanical elements in the sisal production was impelled.

In the World War I the demand of products processed with sisal increased in a considerable amount, with an accelerated demand since the World War II, giving origin to the creation of numerous factories around the world.

As "Fodder" for the farmer:
( Agave Sisalana , Sisal Hemp , Henequen , Agave Sisalana )

Stemless perennial with thick succulent leaves 1-1.5 mt long having smooth edges and a sharp dark brown terminal spine, the plant produces a central spike up to 6 mt high after seven or eight years, the leaves are threshed for the durable white fibres used in the manufacture of rope and twine.

The leaf waste or pulp, left as a by-product accumulates in large amounts at Processing sites.

Sisal leaf waste has been used profitably for cattle and rabbit feed. Up to 27 kg of fresh sisal waste have been fed daily to dairy cows, but the average intake of sisal waste when used as a supplement for grazing cattle is about 10 kg per day, undesirable side effects have not been observed even after heavy feeding of sisal waste for long periods, the succulence of fresh sisal waste makes it a useful feed during dry periods.

Once accustomed to it, cattle find sisal waste quite palatable. Sisal waste ferments rapidly and should be used within forty eight hours or be either sun dried or ensiled. It takes about one month for "untrained" cattle to reach the maximum intake of fresh waste, whereas a cow which has received sisal waste the previous season attains the same level in a week. Cattle accustomed to sisal waste attack it avidly,  the main limitation of utilising sisal waste for feed is its high moisture content. Besides, it is perishable and low in nutritive value, mostly because of its lack of digestible protein and phosphorus.

These are only a few of, possibly thousands of uses that we have sourced, so if you have any information that you think we could use please forward them to us, so that other visitors can appreciate them.