Prices strengthened across most micron categories while
poorer colour fleece, which had been struggling in recent
weeks, met with good competition at the wool sale in
Christchurch last week.
With lamb's wool beginning to come forward, good competition
for types under 31 micron was a feature of the sale, Roger
Fuller, of Elders Primary Wool, said.
Quantities coming forward for sale were less than rostered
which was putting upward pressure on prices, he said.
A nominal offering of mid-micron fleece was firm to 2%
easier. Fine crossbred fleece and longer shears ranged from
firm to 4% softer with shorter types 3% to 6% stronger.
Coarse crossbred fleece was generally firm to slightly easier
with North Island poorer styles easing the most. Longer
coarse shears were firm to 2% down with shorter types firm to
There was limited competition with China, India and
Australasia principals, supported by Western Europe, the
United Kingdom and the Middle East.
A range of prices. -Grant Enterprises (Otago), 35 bales
crossbred AA, 37.4 micron, 74.6% yield, 304 greasy, 407
clean; S. Stevenson (Otago), 40 bales crossbred AA, 38.2
micron, 76.2% yield, 293 greasy, 384 clean; J. Ironside
(Palmerston), 29 bales Corriedale lambs, 26.2 micron, 70.9%
yield, 489 greasy, 690 clean; Mt Aitken (South Canterbury),
nine bales Corriedale lambs, 27.5 micron, 73% yield, 431
greasy, 590 clean; Haka Station (Haka Valley), 15 bales
Perendale lambs, 28.6 micron, 79.4% yield, 427 greasy, 538
clean; Ottrey Farms (Central Otago), 18 bales crossbred
lambs, 29.5 micron, 78.1% yield, 418 greasy, 535 clean.