The wool market continues to strengthen. All types and descriptions are being keenly sort after and price levels have advanced weekly since sales resumed in early January. Buyers seem concerned simply for volume. The most inferior types were as keenly competed for as were the good lots this week. We couldn’t emphasis the variable range of quality on the market enough at the moment. It would be a fair assumption to suggest that the offering in the northern market this week would be the smallest (according to AWEX smallest in 5 years) and poorest quality selection in recent memory. We must be alarmed at the sudden deterioration in quantity and quality. But still the market goes up. No doubt customers will be doubting the level of price but those that don’t follow the market cautiously and regularly run a serious risk. We’ve seen what has happened in the last 3 years. Supply was still reasonable during that period but now the grower held stock numbers are more or less nil. This market is clearly driven by supply and if wool is needed, even in small volumes, the price is under pressure.
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Sheep numbers continue to be reduced and lambing percentages have been affected by the ongoing drought. This is certain to keep downward pressure on the size of the national flock into next season adding further uncertainty to wool prices. On the other side, the level of price for the raw materials must have an impact on wool consumption with our customers cautious regarding their sales. Demand must be impacted despite the wonderful stories of wool innovation in retail and the new modern way in which wool is being used. Uncertain times ahead for sure.
Auction offering – current week
Selling Centres for week 33
Market Sale Offered Sold Passed In
North S 33 7563 7047 6.8%
South M 33 23016 21923 4.7%
West F 33 9586 9060 5.5%
Auction offering – next week
Market Sale Sale days Volume
North S 34 W-T 9516
South M 34 W-T 24453
West F 34 W-T 8500
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