Australian wool production forecast April 2019
August 16, 2019 The second forecast for 2019/20 shorn wool production is 285 mkg greasy, a reduction of 5%, due to a decline in the number of sheep expected to be shorn.
The Committee estimates that Australian shorn wool production for 2018/19 was 300 mkg greasy. This is a 12.1% decline from the levels in 2017/18 and reflects the sustained dry and drought conditions across large parts of the country, particularly in eastern Australia.
AWTA Fibre Diameter Trend: Trend data for Australian wool production in micron bands shows not only the decline in overall production, but a significant contraction in the volume 19.6 to 22.5 micron wool produced. Meanwhile, the volume of 19.5 micron and finer wool continues to steadily rise.
Source: Australian Wool Production Forecast Committee and Australian Wool Testing Authority
Chart below indicates the significant and continuing decline in Australian production. A major reason for this is the widespread and severe drought conditions in large areas of the country.
The chart at left demonstrates the decline in merino production over the last 25 years. The data is for full years to June 30, 2019.
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 volume and 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.
Changing Profile of the Australian wool clip:
This chart demonstrates the increase or decrease in production volume by micron category.
What should be noted here is the increase in finer wool (18 micron and lower) while the broader wool types have decreased significantly.
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.