Re­vised fore­cast for shorn-wool

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Aus­tralian Wool Pro­duc­tion Fore­cast­ing Com­mit­tee, AW­PFC, has re­vised its fore­cast of shorn-wool pro­duc­tion for the 2016-17 sea­son to 332-mil­lion kilo­grams greasy.

The fore­cast rep­re­sents a 2.2 per­cent in­crease on its fi­nal es­ti­mate for the 201516 sea­son.

Com­mit­tee chair­man Rus­sell Pat­tin­son said al­most all ma­jor sheep-pro­duc­ing ar­eas across Aus­tralia were re­port­ing ‘very good to ex­cel­lent’ sea­son con­di­tions and an abun­dance of feed af­ter a wet spring.

He said the ex­pected re­sult in bet­ter av­er­age wool cuts per head in 2016-17 was more than the com­mit­tee an­tic­i­pated in Au­gust.

“Some re­gions, notably in Vic­to­ria, in the table­lands of New South Wales and in Tas­ma­nia, have ex­pe­ri­enced a rather tough win­ter af­ter see­ing very dry con­di­tions up un­til May, so fleece weights are only now start­ing to im­prove,” he said.

“The full ben­e­fit of the im­proved sea­sons is ex­pected to be seen dur­ing au­tumn shear­ing.

“Else­where it seems that fleece weights have al­ready im­proved, and this should con­tinue as the sea­son pro­gresses.” By state, the com­mit­tee pre­dicts shorn-wool pro­duc­tion will in­crease in New South Wales, West­ern Aus­tralia, South Aus­tralia and Queens­land.

The in­crease in Queens­land is par­tic­u­larly wel­come af­ter three con­sec­u­tive years of de­clines and in part re­flects sheep re­turn­ing to the state af­ter the break­ing of the long drought.

Pro­duc­tion in Vic­to­ria is ex­pected to be steady, with an im­prove­ment in the sec­ond half of the sea­son, while pro­duc­tion in Tas­ma­nia is pre­dicted to be slightly lower.

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