Australian wool production forecast April 2019
The first forecast for 2019/20 is for shorn wool production is 285 mkg greasy, a further fall of 4.5%, due to a reduction in the number of sheep expected to be shorn. This early forecast assumes normal seasonal conditions in 2019/20
Source: Australian Wool Production Forecast Committee and Australian Wool Testing Authority
The chart at left demonstrates the decline in merino production over the last 25 years. The data is for full years to June 30, 2018.
It is important to note that this id for all wool types (not just merino).
See the Micron Profile chart to understand more about merino production
We usually only update this chart once per year in July.
Production Profile by Micron
This chart identifies the proportion of each micron category of the Australian clip.
Based on AWTA data, wool submitted for testing in the last two years indicates a change in the profile of the Australian clip.
18.5 micron and finer have increased with the greatest increase being 17 micron and finer.
All categories above 19 micron have declined.
Volume of wool by micron category
This charts shows the volume of wool received by The Australian Wool Testing Authority (AWTA)
Changing Profile of the Australian wool clip:
This chart demonstrates the increase or decrease in production volume by micron category.
This chart demonstrates that shearing is evenly spread throughout the year with a low point in the middle of winter (June and July).
Shearing patterns are changing as many growers move to shearing more than once per year in order to achieve the specified fibre length and fibre strength to meet technical standards required by many brands, especially those manufacturing active/outdoor/performance wear garments.