Mr Ritchie will be the guest speaker at the AWEX Wool Forum in Bendigo on April 16 and will focus on how wool classers and growers can maximise their returns for oddments and the general clip by limiting contamination.
His presentation will include clip preparation, the impact of processing, carbonising and scouring and VWP requirements. Mr Ritchie said the accurate branding of oddment lines relative to bale contents had improved slightly and levels of foreign matter contamination had improved considerably. He said VWP is not offering to pay premiums, did not buy directly from growers, but the differential in price at auction between poorly prepared locks and crutchings, and better prepared lines could be up to 150c/kg greasy.
Mr Ritchie said skin content in Australian clips had improved, but there has been and will be, more complaints about skin in wool in the future. Rising labour costs in China meant the overseas processors were cutting back on manual pickers in their factories.
“We are getting more and more complaints about skin in wool.
“Wool growers and classers should try to get as much skin out as they can.”
The AWEX Forum will also feature an open TRADEtalk forum of wool exporters and processors with Mr Ritchie, Techwool Trading export trade manager Josh Lamb and Fox and Lillie Rural trade Wes McNaughton, discussing market trends and answering questions on industry requirements. There will also be an industry update on e-Bale and on working with new and untrained staff.
The forum at the Bendigo Bowls Club, 169-183 Barnard St., from 9am-noon is free, but those wanting to attend should RSVP to phone (02) 9428 6100, fax (02) 9428 6120 or [email protected]