End of wool glut leads to growing optimism
WoolProducers Australia President Geoff Fisken has featured in an article forecasting an industry recovery over the next two years.
Mr Fisken responded to the forecast from his property, Lal Lal at Buninyong near Ballarat, where his flock of 17,000 merinos produces some of Australia’s best fine wool.
Mr Fisken said he had struggled to turn a profit from growing premium quality merino wool finer than 19 microns for much of the past decade.
He said it was encouraging to hear ABARES’ predictions, but the movement in the average wool market indicator alone did not tell the full story because of different global demand for varying grades of wool fineness and quality.
“For the past couple of years now the medium-strength wools have been doing well while the fine-wool market has been quite depressed,” Mr Fisken said.
“But now I agree (with ABARES), I think there is a definite upside ahead that with good seasons and the downward fall in the Australian dollar should translate into much better prices and long-term outlook for us.”
WPA President Geoff Fisken shows wool samples to buyer Eduard Zanenin in his shearing shed at Lal Lal Estate near Ballarat. Picture: David Geraghty Source: News Corp Australia
The Australian said the falling dollar, growing Chinese wealth and the shrinking of the national sheep flock offered long-suffering woolgrowers the prospect of better returns in the next two years.
The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) has predicted a 5 per cent rise in wool prices in 2014-15, taking the standard wool indicator to $11.60 paid for each kilogram of clean wool.
This follows a 6 per cent rise in prices in 2013-14, after values in most categories of Australian merino wool collapsed for much of the previous decade.
Mr Fisken said a glut of wool in the past decade had hurt producers of fine wool - the market that provides the top quality wool for fashion garments and the best Italian suits. More than 600,000 tonnes of wool was shorn nationally in 2000, much of it at the fine-wool end, as woolgrowers chased higher prices. See full story from The Australian
Unprecedented drought threatens livelihood of woolgrowers
The President of WoolProducers Australia, Geoff Fisken, said a package of urgent support measures from the Australian Government may be the only answer for the survival of many wool producing families in the grip of devastating drought.
Mr Fisken said Australia’s wool producing industry faced one of the most damaging droughts in its history, threatening woolgrowers and farmers generally, and which could take the nation decades for the industry to recover from.
“WoolProducers Australia is working closely with the National Farmers’ Federation on a package of critical measures that will support our farmers as they battle drought,” Mr Fisken said. See media release
Policy Officer – Health and Welfare
WoolProducers Australia is inviting applications for a new staff position as Policy Officer - Health and Welfare.
The Policy Officer - Health and Welfare will research, analyse, develop and communicate WPA policy and provide executive support to senior staff and to WPA Director. The Policy Officer will be actively involved in the communications function with WPA’s numerous stakeholders.
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Communication the key to tackling sheep disease in Tasmania
This You Tube video clip was produced by WoolProducers Australia and the Sheepmeat Council of Australia. It gives an overview of the rise of footrot as a serious issue for wool and sheep meat producers.
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WoolProducers Annual Review 2014
WoolProducers Australia is in the early stages of preparing the WoolProducers 2014. This is an opportunity to express your ial material. The Annual Review is launched during Wool Week and it serves to bring together industry perspectives from across the spectrum of wool production and marketing. WPA Annual Review 2013 E Zine.
The review is a contemporary account of the Australian wool industry by wool producers, for wool producers. It does this by compiling state reports from each of the six state farming organisations, who each contribute a director to the WPA board, plus reports from the WPA President and three Independent Directors. Report in the Weekly Times Friday 13 September. See the previous 2012 WoolProducers Annual Review
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