Sales have opened for 2024 with a relatively large volume offering. The quality of the supply was varied with only limited quality superfine wool available. After sales finished 2023 on a soft tone, the market opened with a few regular buyers choosing to operate with caution. There were some varied opinions about the pending market prior to the opening but many thought that prices would be firm, tending dearer. Over the week, prices did struggle to hold across the general offering with the exception of the better Italian specification types, 18.0-micon and finer, that held firm in limited supply. Of particular interest was the 16.5 to 17.5-micron range that sold better than other micron categories. Strong interest was also obvious in the fine skirtings. The lines of good pieces and bellies with low VM that were well prepared, sold to healthy increases when compared to the last sale.

AWEX Eastern Indicator compared with 15/12/23

Eastern Indicator

Close: 1213

Change in % +0.08

Authentico Index Values

15 Micron

Close: 3446

Change in %: +1.3

16 Micron

Close: 2373

Change in %: -2.3

17 Micron

Close: 2088

Change in %: +2.1

18 Micron

Close: 1812

Change in %: +0.3

19 Micron

Close: 1630

Change in %:  +0.4

Authentico Indicator

Close: 2152

Change in %: +0.4


Another 55,500 bales will be for sale next week. This volume, particularly in Melbourne, probably held the market up a little this week while traders wait for clearer market signals. Despite this, still M$60 AUD worth of wool changed hands this week to local trading companies, and we’ve seen 9.8% more first-hand grower bales offered for the season (since July 2023). .

Auction offering – current week

MarketSaleOfferedSoldPassed In
NorthS 28 1183411168 5.6%
SouthM 28 2689824413 9.2%
West F 28 1215210472 13.8%

Auction offering – next week

Sale days
NorthS 29 T / W 12366
SouthM 29T / W / T 28786
WestF 29 T / W 14508

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