The AWTA Raw Wool Melbourne Laboratory will be closed for business on Tuesday, 3 November 2015 for the Melbourne Cup Public Holiday. As this is a metropolitan Melbourne public holiday, all other AWTA Raw Wool laboratories and regional operations will be open for business as usual on this day.
AWTA Product Testing will be closed for business on Monday, 2 November and Tuesday, 03 November 2015.
The monthly comparisons of Total Lots, Bales and Weight for September 2015 compared with the same period last season are -5.6%, -6.4% and -6.2% respectively.
The monthly comparisons of Total Lots, Bales and Weight for August 2015 compared with the same period last season are -9.1%, -8.3% and -7.9% respectively.
The Victorian State Government has recently declared that Friday 02 October 2015 will be a public holiday in Victoria. Clients should note that the AWTA Raw Wool Melbourne Laboratory will be open for business as usual on this day.
The Australian Wool Production Forecasting Committee forecasts that shorn wool production for 2015/16 will decline by 4.3% to 332 mkg. This reflects a 3.7% fall in shorn sheep numbers, a result of the continued high turn-off of sheep and lambs in 2014/15, while average fleece weights are expected to be 0.7% lower than in 2014/15.
The Committee estimated that shorn wool production for 2014/15 was 347 mkg, up by 1.8% from 2013/14. This is the result of higher fleece weights in 2014/15 more than offsetting a 1.3% decline in shorn sheep numbers.