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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.

 

IWTO Congress Venice April 2019

The presentation made by the Executive Director, Chris Wilcox, during the Market Intelligence Forum at the 88th IWTO Congress in Venice, Italy 9th April 2019.

Download NCWSBA IWTO Congress Venice April 2019 Presentation

 

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

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IWTO 2020 Congress - Activity levels slump, stocks jump in global wool textile industry

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Slump in consumer confidence a contributor to demand destruction for wool

11 May 2020
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News Flash

The National Council of Wool Selling Brokers of Australia and its members have stumped up in support of the wool industry’s own charity, the Michael Manion Wool Industry Foundation. The money donated by NCWSBA will help the Foundation continue its vital work supporting those in need in rural Australia.

The President of NCWBA, John Colley, presented a cheque for $8,000 to the Chairman of the Foundation, Ken Stock, at the Melbourne Wool Selling Centre on Thursday, 18th June. The money was collected from the NCWSBA member companies to mark NCWSBA’s Centenary.

“National Council is proud to donate $8,000 to support the work of the Michael Manion Wool Industry Foundation”, NCWSBA President John Colley said. “The Foundation does amazing work to support families in our rural community who are facing serious challenges.”

“Even amid the challenges wool broking companies and the wool industry itself is facing at the moment, we think that it is crucial these rural families and children, who often ‘fall through the cracks’ of Australia’s government support systems, are helped. This grass-roots charity activity by the Foundation is exactly what these families need and we are very glad to do what we can to assist.”

The money donated today by NCWSBA is in addition to the $16,700 that was raised during the charity auction of donated items at the NCWSBA Centenary Reception in February.

In response, Ken Stock, the Chairman of the Michael Manion Wool Industry Foundation, said “We are extremely grateful for the $8,000 donation made by National Council today and also for the funds raised by all in the Australian wool industry in the charity auction for the NCWSBA Centenary reception.”

“People on the land can find it tough at times – they’re at the mercy of the gods and sometimes children suffer because of it. This Foundation is here to support rural families in need due to the likes of illness or accidents. The money donated by the Australian wool brokers through the NCWSBA will help our work to continue in 2020/21. We thank the President, Board and member companies of NCWSBA for their generous support.”

Background

The National Council of Wool Selling Brokers of Australia was established in December 1919 to represent Australian wool brokers at national and international level. It held its first meeting in January 1920. NCWSBA represents the majority of Australian wool brokers, with members accounting for over 80% of wool sold at auction in Australia in 2018/19. It is the only national organisation representing Australian wool brokers in Australia and internationally. NCWSBA member companies are:

Arcadian Wool, Australian Wool Network, BN Proud & Co, Dalgety Wool, Dyson Jones, Elders, Goddard Wool Marketing, HC Wool, Jackson of Geelong, Jemalong Wool, Landini Wool, Landmark, Macdonald & Co Woolbrokers, Michell Direct Wool, Monaro Wool, Primaries of WA, Rhodes Wool, Roberts Wool, Rodwells, Schute Bell Badgery Lumby, TWG Wool, WISS Wool, Wool Auctions Australia, Wool Solutions.

The Michael Manion Wool Industry Foundation was established in 2015 as a reach-out support service for rural families or children in need. The Michael Manion Wool Industry Foundation (MMWIF) runs several fundraising events each year within the wool industry but welcome any donations from the greater farming and agricultural community.

More details about the organisations can be seen at www.woolbrokers.org and www.mmwif.com.au.

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