USDA National Wool Review
16 March 2015
Domestic wool trading on a clean basis was slow this week. There were 78,600 lbs of confirmed trades. Shearing has become wide spread especially across the western states. Some of the mountain regions along with areas in Texas were hindered by storms this past week but will resume with the warm up in the week to come. Shearing will continue to be heavy over the next several weeks.
A stronger U.S. dollar is making it hard for buyers to obtain clips that growers are willing to sell at. Currently wools are falling within 80-85 percent of Australia. Domestic clean wool and confirmed trades are reported on a weighted average basis. Prices reflect trades FOB warehouse in original bag or square pack, bellies out, some graded, and 76 mm or longer.
No allowance made for coring, freight or handling fees at the warehouse level to reflect net grower prices (*) indicates new prices this week. (NA) represents microns not normally available in this region. Wools shorter than 75 mm typically discounted .10-.20 clean. Classed and skirted wools usually trade at a .10-.20 premium to original bag prices.
Published by USDA Agricultural marketing Service (AMS)
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