Merino wool production will be decreased in fiscal year 2015-2016
The President of Australian Wool Production Forecasting Committee (AWPFC) Russell Pattinson said that the number of sheep flock will be possible further reduced because of the rising slaughter rate of sheep and lamb in this quarter. So the AWPFC expects that the merino wool production will be decreased by 2.7 %( compared to the fiscal year 2014-2015) in fiscal year 2015-2016 and will be totally about 3.32 Billion kilograms.
AWPFC said that the wool production of NSW Australia will be expected to yield 1.281 Billion kilograms grease wool in the fiscal year 2015-2016, and that is more than Victoria (0.719 Billion kilograms), Western Australia (0.664 Billion kilograms) and South Australia (0.561 Billion kilograms).
Pattinson said, although the number of Australian sheep will decline slightly this year, but the current production status of Australian wool is also good, and the average yield of single merino sheep will rise, so that it will bring a good balance impact on the overall yield of wool production. And the mainly positive wool areas are including Southern of NSW Australia, Northern of South Australia and some parts areas of Victoria.
AWPFC pointed out that Australian Wool Testing Authority (AWTA) data shows that in the first 9 months of the fiscal year 2015, the yield of superfine wool fiber (the fineness is below or equate 17.5 micron) will decrease; the yield of fine wool (the fineness is about 18-19 microns and 22-23 microns) and wide wool (above 27 microns) will rise. The result of the average fiber diameter of Australian wool is increased by 0.2 micrometers so far.