Sharechat Logo

NZ wool sale volumes rise at double auction across North, South islands

Friday 11th August 2017

Text too small?

A higher volume of wool was sold at auction in New Zealand this week after organisers skipped a week and held a double auction across both islands. 

Some 80 percent of the 15,054 wool bales offered at auctions in Napier in the North Island and Christchurch in the South Island were sold yesterday, AgriHQ said. That's ahead of the 72 percent clearance rate for the 2016/17 season which ended June 30, and the average 77 percent rate for the first six weeks of the current season.

"After a week break in wool sales, the market came back with some force with both reasonable volumes and a wider range of styles on offer," said AgriHQ analyst Sam Laurenson. "Of the bales on offer the split was fairly equal between the North Island and South Island with a 52 percent share and 48 percent share respectively.

"It is difficult to tell whether this upward trend is likely to continue in the near term as stock piles are slowly released into the market."

New Zealand is coming out of its worst wool season since the global financial crisis as China, the largest buyer of the fibre, switched its preference to fine wool and away from strong wool that makes up the majority of the country's clip. Industry estimates suggest between 150,000 and 200,000 bales may have been stockpiled by farmers, brokers, merchants and exporters, as sellers rejected weak prices below the cost of production.

At the latest auctions, North Island prices were up for all types available at the last North Island sale on July 20 and the better quality cuts improved by more than worse quality cuts, Laurenson said. South Island prices were not as positive with all comparable styles down on the South Island sale two weeks ago. 

Overall, the coarse crossbred wool indicator fell 7 cents to $2.73 a kilogram from the previous auction two weeks ago, and was up 4 cents from three weeks ago, AgriHQ said.

(BusinessDesk)

  General Finance Advertising    

Comments from our readers

No comments yet

Add your comment:
Your name:
Your email:
Not displayed to the public
Comment:
Comments to Sharechat go through an approval process. Comments which are defamatory, abusive or in some way deemed inappropriate will not be approved. It is allowable to use some form of non-de-plume for your name, however we recommend real email addresses are used. Comments from free email addresses such as Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc may not be approved.

Related News:

MARKET CLOSE: NZ shares edge up as NZX leads late recovery, Air NZ falls
Twyford extends olive branch to Singapore in house-buying ban
NZ dollar gets late lift from US political news
IRD to get increased powers to extract info from multinationals under new tax law
Sanford still focused on building inhouse innovation capability, premium brand
CricHQ's business and assets to be sold to NZ investors, settlement in January
MPI survives defrag of fisheries, forestry, biosecurity, food safety portfolios
Government to conduct inquiry into September fuel pipeline outage
FX trader faces civil proceedings over lack of anti-money laundering processes
NZ food prices fall 0.1% in November, rise in year on gains for kumara, pumpkin, butter

IRG See IRG research reports