Latest forecast  September 2018

Sheep numbers 72 million. 

Approximately 50% of these will be merino

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

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

Comment

Based on the wool submitted for testing in the first two months of this production year, volume of wool 19 micron and finer have increased with the greatest increase being 17 micron and finer.

Above 19 micron, all volumes have declined.

Declining Production

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. 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

Volume of wool by micron category

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

Shearing Pattern

This chart demonstrates that shearing is evenly spread throughout the year with a low point in the middle of winter (June and July).