Latest forecast  August 2017

Sheep numbers 72 million. 

Approximately 50% of these will be merino

Wool production 340 million kgs greasy (approx 230 million kgs clean weight).

Source: Australian Wool Production Forecast Committee   and Australian Wool Testing Authority

Declining Production

The above chart demonstrates the decline in merino production over the last 25 years. The data is for full years to June 30, 2015. We usually only update this chart once per year in July.

Production by micron category

The above chart shows the proportion of wool by micron category.

Seasonality of merino supply

Shearing patterns are the most even of the merino producing countries.

This charts shows the volume of wool received by The Australian Wool Testing Authority (AWTA) by month.

Production statistics 2015 / 2016

For the full production year 2015 / 2016 total production has declined by a further 6.2%

Note: A production year runs from July to June