Preparation pays off
CLIP preparation is one way producers can offset poor crossbred wool prices and receive a premium for wool already selling at high rates.
It could mean a more than $400 per bale difference in returns, according to Australian Wool Network agents.
South Australian AWN state manager Rod Miller said figuring out the average vegetable matter of the clip did not work and skirting out the burr could equate to an increase of up to $3/kg when selling wool.
“Free [of VM] is under 2 per cent, so if you can get lines of your clip down to under 3 per cent, buyers can mix it in with lower percentage wool and still average it out as free,” he said.
“Over 3 per cent and the premium will not be realised.”
Mr Miller recently sold a clip where an extra skirt equated to $470 more per bale compared with the vendor’s previous sale. This was for 19 micron wool, and required no extra shed staff, he said.