According to the latest data, AWTA tested 12% more wool in June than in June 2016. This increase comes after the 23% increase in May. For the full 2016/17 season, AWTA tested 5.3% more wool than in 2015/17 at 358 mkg greasy. Despite the increase, the total weight of wool tested was below the weight tested in 2014/15. The weight of wool tested increased in every state in 2016/17 to a greater or lesser degree. The most significant increase was seen for Queensland, which recorded a 25% increase in the weight of wool tested. Despite this, Queensland remains the smallest producing state and production has not even recovered to the 2014/15 level. Of the three largest producing states, Western Australia recorded a 10% increase in the weight of wool tested, while NSW lifted test weights by 3% and Victoria was up by 2%. South Australia recorded a strong increase in the weight tested (up by 6%) to record the highest level since the mid-2000s.
Full details including a chart showing the weight of wool tested by AWTA in the past six seasons by state are included in the NCWSBA Weekly Newsletter for the week ending 14th July 2017. Available to NCWSBA members.