NZ wool sale volumes rise at double auction across North, South islands
By Tina Morrison
Aug. 11 (BusinessDesk) - 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.