Australian Non-mulesed wool supply
The following statistics are updated as at June 30, 2019. We update these figures annually so as to represent a full year’s Australian production.
Supply of non-mulesed wool (Categories CM and NM) continues to increase slowly and now comprise 11.4% of total wool production.
The actual volume declined in the past year due to the reduction in overall wool production.
Note: This does not include wool from sheep which have been mulesed with pain relief.
There are approximately 26,000 wool growers in Australia.
Of these, approximately 3,100 produce non-mulesed wool or have ceased the practice of mulesing.
Australia produces 8,400 tons (clean weight) of non-mulesed merino fleece wool.
This is equivalent to approximately:
75% of South African total merino production
125% of Argentinian total merino production
100% of New Zealand total merino production
Mulesing Statistics 2018 – 2019 Source: AWEX
Of the 22,767 tons of NM=CM wool, only 36% or 8,108 tons of this is Merino Fleece wool.
Of the total Australian wool clip of 203,021 tons, only 4% is Merino Fleece wool.
This table compares the categories of NM & CM wool to the total Australian wool clip (all wool categories and microns)