Sales have concluded for the 2018/2019 season on a relatively poor tone, albeit with prices still at reasonably good levels for wool production. The market this season has taught us that nothing is for certain. Chinese demand changed from fine wool to crossbreds very quickly and then the market appetite for wool altogether changed quite suddenly in recent weeks. The focus on non mulesed wool has improved dramatically, almost to a point that NM certified wool according to the National Wool Declaration is creating its own market and not following the trend of the other types on offer. There have been some very high-quality NM wool clips on offer that are still attracting widespread support from a different demand base and this is protecting those types more than others, from the current market instability.

AWEX Eastern Indicator compared with 20/06/2019

Eastern Indicator

Close: 1715

Change in % -2.88%

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Schneider Indicators compared with 20/06/2019

↓15 Micron

Close: 2,403

Change in %: -2.70%

↓16 Micron

Close: 2,137

Change in %: -3.23%

↓17 Micron

Close:  2,159

Change in %: -0.46%

↓18 Micron

Close: 2,055

Change in %: -0.39%

↓19 Micron

Close: 2,047

Change in %: -2.39%%


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The ups and downs of this season must be a warning to wool producers that they should be looking to align themselves as much as possible with their customers demands. The interest in relationships and traceability back to farm is increasing.

The current market trend seems more a global issue and not focused only on wool. Consumer confidence as a result of political positioning is affecting business confidence and the attitude towards investment and risk. This is no doubt affecting wool that has a long supply chain and a very high level of investment for all involved. Two weeks of sales remain before our three-week mid-year recess.

Auction offering – current week

Selling Centres for week

Market          Sale          Offered             Sold       Passed In

North                    S 52                      7859                          6526                 17.0%

South                   M 52                     14995                        12513                 16.6%

West                     F 52                        6313                          4293                 32.0%

Auction offering – next week

Market          Sale          Sale days          Volume

North                      S 01                        W-T                          13608

South                      M 01                       W-T                          12127

West                        F 01                        W-T                           8769


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