Online wool sales rise and fall with auction market fluctuations

Sheep Central August 30, 2017

ONLINE AuctionsPlus wool sales retracted as the record-breaking physical wool market appeared to run its course last week.

AuctionsPlus market operations supervisor Tom Rookyard said the AWEX Eastern Market Indicator lost 25 cents on Tuesday and a further 18 cents on Wednesday to close off at 1572c/kg clean.

“The retraction of the market stemmed buyer and exporter interest online as only 16 bales were traded over the past week.”

The previous week, when the EMI surged to 1614c/kg, AuctionsPlus sold 802 bales up to August 17.

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The top-priced online lot last week was a four-bale line of Australian Superfine merino fleece wool that sold for 1604c/kg greasy or 2387c/kg clean. It tested at 15.9 micron, with yield of 67.2 percent, an average staple length of 78mm, tensile strength of 31 Newtons/kilotex and vegetable matter content of 1.1pc. The line was branded Morillo and offered by Primaries of WA.

An 11-bale line of 20.1 micron fleece sold for 1003c/kg greasy or 1541c/kg clean. It had a yield of 65.1pc, an average staple length of 1`00mm, tensile strength of 22N/kt and 2.8pc vm.

Mr Rookyard said AuctionsPlus sold 1491 bales during August.

“This is across 125 different grower brands and 24 different brokers.”

Mr Rookyard said there had been suggestions that the physical auction market may continue firm this week, with an easier tendency. An estimated 44,000 bales are on offer across all three selling centres. The West Australian market recommences this week after a one-week recess.

Source: AuctionsPlus.


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  1. Peter Small, August 30, 2017

    In my submission to the Wool Selling System Review (WSSR) I made the point, and perhaps I need to make it again, that wool is the only product Australia produces where the world discovery price is made in Australia. And the Australian greasy wool auction is that world price discovery point. Many on the periphery of the wool trade, including those who sit in the rarefied atmosphere of Australian Wool Innovation in Sydney, are extraordinarily cavalier about how they think they can tinker with this market. Many would like to weaken this market by shifting the price discovery point “somewhere else”. But will “somewhere else” enhance or weaken woolgrowers’ returns?

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