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NCWSBA has prepared this updated edition of Instructions to Judges and Stewards and Scale of Points for Fleece Judging to assist judges and stewards in the subjective judging of fleeces at agricultural shows in Australia. The instructions and the revised scale of points for fleece judging have been updated to reflect current-day fleece weights and other measures for the Australian wool industry. These instructions and scale of points are designed to reflect, from a breeding perspective, the most desirable characteristics of wool judged subjectively and which are commercially relevant. The aim to ensure a consistent basis for fleece judging around Australia to provide information to exhibitors, wool producers and the industry.

The schedule provides subjective assessment criteria which the NCWSBA considers provides the suitable basis for fleece judging competitions around Australia.

NCWSBA will undertake further work in 2019 with the intention of releasing a further update in the second half of 2019.

Download NCWSBA Fleece Judging Instructions

The NCWSBA Weekly Newsletter covers the latest industry news, information and analysis on the world wool industry, commentary on industry issues and updates on industry events. It is produced between 45 and 48 times a year, with breaks at the times of the recesses in the Australian wool selling season. It provides a valuable resource for readers from the NCWSBA Executive Director who is recognised as the world’s leading analyst of the global wool market.

The Weekly Newsletter is delivered electronically each week to nominated staff of the NCWSBA member company.

Each year the Executive Director of NCWSBA gives presentations to the IWTO Annual Congress, to the Nanjing Wool Market Conference and elsewhere. These presentations typically cover a review and outlook for the global wool industry, but also investigate issues in the Australian and global wool industry. Copies of the presentations are available here in PDF format.

 

Nanjing Wool Market Conference, Nanjing September 2018

The presentation made by the Executive Director, Chris Wilcox, during the 30th Nanjing Wool Market in Nanjing on 13th September 2018.

Download NCWSBA Nanjing Wool Market Conference September 2018 Presentation

 

IWTO Congress Hong Kong May 2018

The presentation made by the Executive Director, Chris Wilcox, during the Market Intelligence Forum at the IWTO Congress in Hong Kong on 14th May 2018.

Download NCWSBA IWTO Congress Hong Kong May 2018 Presentation

IWTO Congress Harrogate May 2017

The presentation made by the Executive Director, Chris Wilcox, during the Market Intelligence Forum at the IWTO Congress in Harrogate, UK on 3rd May 2017.

Download NCWSBA IWTO Congress Harrogate May 2017 Presentation

IWTO Congress Sydney April 2016

The presentation made by the Executive Director, Chris Wilcox, during the Market Intelligence Forum at the IWTO Congress in Sydney, Australia on 4th April 2016.

Download NCWSBA IWTO Congress Sydney April 2016 Presentation

LATEST NEWS

China’s wool clothing exports fall in 2018

25 March 2019
The data on the wool trade for China for the full 2018 year shows that China’s exports of wool top, wool yarn and wool fabric rose by between 3% and 7% in 2018. However, its exports of finished wool products fell away. The largest drop of 36% was for woven wool garments. You may remember that exports of these products saw a massive jump in 2017, driven by exports to Nigeria and some other African countries. The Chinese industry attributed the increase to the Belt and Road Initiative. It seems…

Value of Australian fine and superfine wool exports jumps by 50%

18 March 2019
The latest data on Australia’s wool exports show that the volume of exports lifted in January compared with a year earlier. This is the first year-on-year monthly increase seen this season. All of the top ten export destinations recorded an increase, with the exception of India which saw a 5% decline in exports. For the 2018/19 season to January, the volume of exports from Australia was down by 15.4%, but the value of exports was 4.3% higher. There are some significant differences between the…

Almost 50% of wool declared as Non-Mulesed or Pain Relief

13 March 2019
The latest data on mulesing status from the National Wool Declaration was released by AWEX last week. It shows a significant 16% fall in the total number of first hand bales for the season to February. However, the number of bales declared as Non-Mulesed (NM) or as Pain Relief (PR) both recorded much smaller declines: 6% lower year on year for PR-declared wool and just 4% lower for NM-declared wool. As a result, the proportion of wool offered at auction in the July 2018 to February 2019 period…

Crossbred wool prices lift

04 March 2019
Since the Australian market three week recess for Christmas in December, prices for Crossbred wool the 28 micron price guide has lifted by 33% and the 30 micron price guide is up by 40%. This is compared with the 8% increase in the EMI since Christmas, while the 18 micron and 21 micron price guides are 5% and 9% higher respectively. Prices have also lifted for this type of wool in Uruguay. Uruguay is one of the world’s larger producing countries of 26 to 30 micron wool because a large…

Exports from the five major wool exporting countries fall in 2018/19 to date

25 February 2019
Australia’s wool exports for the first six months of the 2018/19 was 18% below the same period in 2017/18. All of the other four major wool producing and exporting countries (New Zealand, South Africa, Uruguay and Argentina) have also seen a decline in their exports in the 2018/19 season to date. In aggregate, exports from the five major wool producing and exporting countries have fallen by 14% in the July to December 2018 period. South Africa has seen a similar % decline to that for Australia,…

China suspends imports of wool from South Africa due to an FMD outbreak

25 February 2019
China’s Customs Bureau and the China Inspection and Quarantine Bureau have suspended all greasy wool imports from South Africa. This action came as a result of an outbreak of FMD in a remote northern province of South Africa where cattle, not sheep, are kept. The region has been placed under quarantine and other measures have been implemented. The South African wool industry is waiting on further details from China’s Inspection and Quarantine Bureau about its position on imports of greasy wool…

Sheep and lamb turnoff up – lower sheep numbers for 2019/20

18 February 2019
Sheep numbers in Australia will be one of the main factors that the Australian Wool Production Forecasting Committee will consider when it meets on 1st April to review its forecast for 2018/19 and consider its first forecast for 2019/20. Sheep numbers at the start of the 2019/20 season will be determined by the number of sheep and lambs slaughtered over the season, the number of live sheep exported, and the number of lambs marked. For the 2018 calendar year, the number of sheep slaughtered was…

Australian wool exports down in volume and value in 2018

18 February 2019
The latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Australia’s wool exports shows that the volume of Australian wool exports fell 25% in December compared with December 2017, continuing the decline in volumes for every month this season to date. As a result, the volume of wool exported for the first six months this season is 19% below the same period in 2017/18. This drop is no surprise given the 12% fall in wool tested by AWTA to January and the 18% drop in wool offered at auction to…

MEDIA RELEASE: Strong Premiums for Non-Mulesed Wool Continue in 2018/19

11 February 2019
The premiums for non-mulesed Merino wool have remained strong in the first six months of the 2018/19 season, according to data released by AWEX. NCWSBA believes that it is vital that all Australian wool producers are informed of these continued strong premiums and respond to the clear demand signals from the global wool textile industry. The premiums for non-mulesed wool over equivalent mulesed wool averaged between 33 and 53 cents/kg for Merino wool 20 microns and finer in the first six months…

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China’s Customs Bureau and the China Inspection and Quarantine Bureau have suspended all greasy wool imports from South Africa. This action came as a result of an outbreak of FMD in a remote northern province of South Africa where cattle, not sheep, are kept. The region has been placed under quarantine and other measures have been implemented. The South African wool industry is waiting on further details from China’s Inspection and Quarantine Bureau about its position on imports of greasy wool from South Africa. After postponing the wool auction scheduled for last week, the South African wool industry will hold a double sale this week (week beginning 25th February 2019). South Africa's exports to Europe and India are unaffected. The South African wool industry is hopeful of a resumption in trade with China very soon. South Africa produces around 42 mkg greasy of shorn wool (about 235,000 bales) each year compared with Australia’s forecast production of 305 mkg greasy (1.72 million bales) in 2018/19. South Africa accounts for just 2% of world wool production and about 6% of world production of Merino wool. In 2018, 68% of South Africa’s wool exports went to China.

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