The performance in the luxury end of the market, the sub 15.0 micron range, is well worth recognising. When compared to the same sale in November 2022, the 14.5 micron average price for good fleece wool is currently 5% higher in 2023. This, despite the general market negativity, has been quite a remarkable performance. Supply would also appear to be better this year, with a greater offering of superior types. Prices for these wools has remained positive throughout the year and a reflection of strong demand in the luxury market. As a comparison, the AWEX EMI is lower by 10% in AUD and 11% in USD compared to the corresponding period in 2022. The Authentico INDEX is now at the lowest level in nearly three years, since December 2020.

AWEX Eastern Indicator compared with 27/10/23

Eastern Indicator

Close: 1129

Change in % -0.8

Authentico Index Values

15 Micron

Close: 3365

Change in %: +0.4

16 Micron

Close: 2298

Change in %: -0.8

17 Micron

Close: 1829

Change in %: -0.05

18 Micron

Close: 1640

Change in %: +0.9

19 Micron

Close: 1517

Change in %:  -0.8

Authentico Indicator

Close: 1989

Change in %: -0.1


Supply of the very best fine wools will soon run out for another season. The period in which supply of the best types is available, seems to be shorter and shorter each year. The obvious difference this year, is that growers are selling. The are meeting the market and opting to sell, rather than to hold wool. Cash flow challenges as a result of lower commodity prices are forcing this issue. In terms of superfine wool, this will impact negatively on supply in the first half of 2024.

Auction sales revert to Wednesday and Thursday next week. It’s just for the one week with a public holiday in Victoria falling on Tuesday.

Auction offering – current week

MarketSaleOfferedSoldPassed In
NorthS 18 1309912023 8.2%
SouthM 18 2168919606 9.6%
West F 18 7962 7345 7.7%

Auction offering – next week

Sale days
NorthS 19 W / T 13173
SouthM 19 W / T 24567
WestF 19 W / T 7506

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