Wool market update - 25 August

The latest on the Australian wool market Season 24 Week 8, direct from the Elders wool team.

The Australian wool market has continued to decline, falling for the third consecutive series. 

With the Western region not holding a sale during this week, the National offering reduced to 38,774 bales, this was 7,593 bales less than the previous week.  The total amount offered for the season is now trending lower than the previous season, there has been 27,624 fewer bales offered, an 11.4 per cent (pc) reduction. 

The overall drop in the market was driven by falls in merino fleece prices. 

As the market opened the prices on offer for these types were noticeably lower than the previous week, what then followed was a steady decrease as the sale progressed. By the end of the first day the individual Micron Price Guides (MPGs) for merino fleece has dropped by between 14 and 75 cents. 

The AWEX Eastern Market Indicator (EMI) fell by 24 cents for the day, relatively small movements in the other sectors preventing a larger fall. 

The second day the falls continued, but to a lesser extent, although the pattern was similar, a soft opening, followed by a slow but continual decline. The merino fleece MPGs lost between 11 and 35 cents for the day, while the EMI dropped another 12 cents, again the movement softened by small movements in the skirtings, crossbreds and oddments. 

The EMI closed the week 36 cents lower at 1,127 cents. The EMI is now at its lowest point since June and 215 cents below the same time last year, this is a reduction of 16pc. 

One positive for the week was the broader crossbred types, which defied the overall trend posting gains of between 7 and 13 cents. 

Fremantle resumes selling next week, all three centres will now be in weekly operation until the Christmas recess. 

With the return of the West the national offering has been bolstered, currently there is expected to be 48,653 bales on offer.

Table showing wool prices for Week 8, Season 23
Graph showing Eastern Market Indicator (EMI)

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