Market firm tending easier.
North Island only offering 5,800 bales. The selection consisted of 30% ewe and hogget fleece, 32.0 to 38.0 micron, 45% early shorn and hogget second shear, 31.0 to 38.0 micron, 7% lambs fleece, 15% associated oddments and 3% miscellaneous types. There was keen widespread competition with Australasian carpet mills, India sub-continent and Europe main again with limited support from China.
Crossbred ewe and hogget fleece firm.
75/100 mm and shorter generally buyers favour.
Early season lambs 5% dearer.
Combing oddments firm.
Clothing oddments buyers favour.
6% Passed In.
North Island offering 7,500 bales and South Island offering 6,500 bales 19th December.