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Drought likely to snip wool yield
year is likely to
be down about
5 per cent or
on this year.
By CLAIRE ROGERS
THE DROUGHT will probably
drive national wool production
down about 5 per cent next year
and possibly even further should
parched conditions persist, an
But the jury is still out on how
much that will hurt farmers' poc-
Drought-affected animals grow
less wool, which could also be
more prone to fibre breakage.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand eco-
nomic service executive director
Rob Davison said at this stage
wool production next year was
likely to be down about 5 per cent
or 9000 tonnes on this year to
about 159,000 to 160,000 tonnes,
based on clip per head.
But that drop could deepen
should the drought persist and
force farmers to cull their breed-
ing and replacement stock which
would have provided next year's
wool, he said.
This year's wool production had
been boosted by excellent grass-
growing conditions last year, he
A 5 per cent drop in production
did not necessarily mean less cash
in hand for farmers, as it depen-
ded on what happened to wool
We do see fluctuations in price
of more than 5 per cent between
years. This year the wool price has
come back by about 25 per cent on
Wool Services International
marketing executive Malcolm
Ching said the earlier-than-
normal cull of livestock forced by
the drought would create an
immediate bubble in wool supply
and a corresponding fall-off in a
few months. But it was a good
time of year for that to happen, he
Shearing was slowing as the
winter approached, and supply
and demand at the moment would
be roughly balanced.
But in a few months the short-
fall in wool would underpin prices
-- which could benefit farmers.
He expected farmers would
continue to divest themselves of
The weather has to change
very quickly so we get the benefit
of the warmth with the rain cre-
ating fast growth of grass . . . but
it's probably too late.''
Sheep stopped growing wool in
times of drought and food short-
age in order to concentrate on sur-
vival, he said.
A drought creates a stress on
the animal and the first thing it
does is closes off the wool follicle --
that creates a weak point in the
wool. When the wool is combed
you get a lot more breakage and
that does affect the wool process-
ingquality. . .soyoucangeta
higher degree of pilling . . . and a
lot of shedding of fibres in the fin-
But degraded wool quality alone
was probably not going to signifi-
cantly impact farmers' incomes.
Fibre breakage in wool could
have the effect of making it finer,
and -- if the breakage was not too
substantial -- increase its value,
while wool scourers could mini-
mise the impact by mixing
drought-affected wool with other
But as a general rule, droughts
cost farmers, he said. Even though
wool prices could rise or wool
could be upgraded to a higher
price bracket, that was generally
not enough to offset the impact of
lower volumes and extra costs --
such as buying replacement stock.
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