The latest statistics on mulesing status from AWEX (sourced from the National Wool Declaration) shows that in the first quarter of the 2018/19 season that there was yet another lift in the proportion of wool offered in Australia and declared as Non Mulesed (NM), Pain Relief (PR) or Ceased Mulesing (CM). This wool accounted for 48.6% of all first-hand wool offered at auction in the July to September period. This compares with a share of 43.4% in the July-September 2017 period. NM-declared wool increased to 11.4% (up from 10%) while the PR-declared wool was at 35.4% (up from 30.6%). CM-declared wool is slipped to 1.8%, down from 2.8%. This is probably due to the tighter definition introduced in the past year. Overall, wool offered at auction with a National Wool Declaration was 69.2% of the total, up from 65.4% this time last year.
Further details including an analysis of the break-down of NM, CM and PR by micron category (including a chart) are contained in this week’s full edition of the NCWSBA Weekly Newsletter. Available to NCWSBA members.