Wool clip to rise but a fall for WA

Countryman - - NEWS -

Aus­tralia’s shorn wool pro­duc­tion is tipped to rise to 345 mil­lion kilo­grams for the 2017-18 sea­son, as pro­duc­ers rush to shear amid high prices.

But while pro­duc­tion es­ti­mates have in­creased for NSW, Vic­to­ria, South Aus­tralia and Tas­ma­nia in 2017-18, they have fallen slightly for WA and Queens­land.

The Aus­tralian Wool Pro­duc­tion Fore­cast­ing Com­mit­tee’s lat­est re­port at­trib­uted the 1.4 per cent na­tional rise, up from its orig­i­nal fore­cast of 340Mkg, to the high vol­ume of wool sold.

Com­mit­tee chair­man Rus­sell Pat­tin­son at­trib­uted WA’s fall, from an ex­pected 71.1Mkg to 66.6Mkg, to poor sea­sonal con­di­tions af­ter an “ex­cep­tional sea­son in 2016-17”.

“Other re­gions have seen ex­cel­lent con­di­tions, no­tably in the western half of Vic­to­ria and the south-east of South Aus­tralia,” he said. “Fleece weights in these re­gions have been good and are likely to in­crease in these states as a re­sult.”

While the weight of wool tested by the Aus­tralian Wool Test­ing Author­ity in the first five months of 2017-18 in­creased 5 per cent, the com­mit­tee ex­pected wool vol­umes to slow in the sec­ond half of the sea­son. The re­port said this was partly be­cause some clips, usu­ally de­liv­ered in the sec­ond half, would have al­ready been sold.

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