Both centres selling today in the first sale of the year with the North Island offering 10,000 bales and the South Island offering 4,400 bales. The selection consisted of 40% crossbred fleece, good/average style, 36.0 to 39.0 micron, 35% crossbred/hogget second shear, bulk 75mm, good/average style, 10% associated oddments, 10% new season lambs and 5% miscellaneous types. Indian subcontinent main with support from China and local carpet mills.
Good style crossbred and hogget fleece 3% cheaper.
Poorer style crossbred fleece very firm.
Crossbred and hogget second shear 2% cheaper.
Lambs fleece 3.5% cheaper.
All descriptions up to 5% dearer.
11% passed in.
North Island only offering 7,500 bales, Thursday 19th January.