Wool auctions in Australia resumed this week following an unprecedented cancellation of sales in week 35 due to a cyber-attack on the servers of the dominant software provider to the industry. Many, including our company, have been critical of the industry reliance on this single provider which has continuously maintained old software at a high cost to the users. However, until now, no one has come forward to provide an alternative to a diverse range of businesses throughout the industry. From core lines, to broker and buyer systems, to transport companies and wool dumps, we all rely on interactive software to maintain a stable supply chain. We, like others, will be working towards alternatives as soon as practical and the Wool Testing Authority (AWTA) has already provided an electronic interchange for buyer pre-sale catalogues, broker invoices and shipping delivery orders. The industry cooperation during this difficult period, while criticised for cancelling a sale, has been outstanding.

Wool sales resumed with 62,000 bales offered. It was going to take an enormous effort from the exporters to support this volume and they responded. 47,000 bales were sold for M$81 in value. Growers are still passing wool in, despite global health and general market uncertainty. This will put the wool market in good shape because we remain of the opinion that overall supply is on the low side.

Our focus this week was on securing some best fine wool as we felt that this will be the last opportunity for any reasonable volume until the new season. These types remained generally firm over the week as did all good specification wool certified as NM or CM under the NWD. The NM or CM mulesing status could be considered a good ‘insurance policy’ for growers looking for more stable returns as they fluctuate in price at a much lower rate than the general merino offering. Demand deeper along the supply chain is the key to this.

AWEX Eastern Indicator compared with 21/02/2020

Eastern Indicator

Close: 1562

Change in % -1.20

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Authentico Index Values

15 Micron

Close: 2665

Change in %: +1.60

16 Micron

Close: 2429

Change in %: +0.12

17 Micron

Close: 2239

Change in %: -0.89

18 Micron

Close: 2101

Change in %: -0.14

19 Micron

Close: 1985

Change in %: +0.35

Authentico Indicator

Close: 2253

Change in %: -0.08


Rain is continuing to fall across much of Eastern Australia, particularly in the areas that need it the most. This will surely improve the confidence and mental space of our woolgrower friends. The rain is coming at an ideal time and those in the mixed farming regions will switch the attention to planting crops. Focus on the sheep might take a back step for a month or two. They now have grass and plenty of water. The main concern for the growers will be containing the risk of flystrike. Temperatures remain warm and there is plenty of moisture, the perfect storm for a problematic fly season.

Auction offering – current week

Selling Centres for week 36

Market          Sale          Offered             Sold       Passed In

North                      S 36                    18043                       14825                17.8%

South                     M 36                    29315                       22603               22.9%

West                       F 36                     14808                       9993                 32.5%

Auction offering – next week

Market          Sale          Sale days          Volume

North                      S 37                    W/T                             8870

South                     M 37                    W/T                            25312

West                       F 37                     W/T                            12498


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