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Cotton Branch
Market Analysis

How is cotton going?

Lockdowns due to COVID-19 have impacted the wool market and other apparel fibre markets. It is some two years since Mecardo looked at the cotton

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Flock of sheep by the water
Market Analysis

Wool supply, price and demand

Sheep numbers are low (as the latest surveys and estimates point out) and from that wool production is also low in historical terms. It seems

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Sheep running in a yard
Market Comment

The trend (down) continues

It is difficult reporting weekly on the continuing demise of the wool market, with price decline now seemingly a weekly occurrence. AWEX noted that at

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Bag of wool
Market Comment

The numbers deteriorate

It is now almost a weekly theme for the wool market to post lower prices, with high pass-in rates and pre-sale seller withdrawals contributing to

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Wool spread by hand
Market Analysis

Prem shorn wool – an update

Shearing intervals shorter than the standard 12 months have increased in popularity for broader merino wool in recent years. The proportion of shorter length wool

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Smallest offering since 2009

Originally this week was scheduled as the Easter recess, however a decision was made to provide an additional selling opportunity for growers on the back

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Shorn wool fibres
Market Analysis

Sub-16.5 micron prices

AWEX MPGs do a good job of tracking the main value part of the greasy wool market (the fleece lines between 16.5 and 32 micron)

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Cotton crop in field
Market Analysis

Fibre prices

Mecardo last looked at fibre prices in early February, concluding that uncertainty due to COVID-19 had a reasonable chance of leading to lower prices. This

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Research: Analysis of the Australian sheep flock

In this report for LiveCorp and MLA, we analysed the historical trends in the demographics of the Australian sheep flock, examining domestic factors that influence farm-level enterprise decision making. 

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