Prepa­ra­tion pays off

Tasmanian Country - - THE STOCK REPORT -

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.

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