Seeing that the market continues to maintain strong and so the prices, after reaching record levels, wool producers across Australia are a celebrating lot. Last Wednesday, the Eastern Market Indicator (EMI) — Australia's wool market benchmark hit a historic new level of 1439 cents a kilogram and then fell back to finish the week at 1434 cents a kilogram.
The previous record of 1425 cents were standing strong 2012. And the new lofty prices have many producers confident for the year ahead. Producer Matt Ashby from Gulnare, South Australia said that producers were relieved to see some good prices.
New South Wales producer John Alcock from Bombala agreed that the fashion industry was utilising more Australian wool. After the finer microns took off, he was of the belief that it was largely due to the fact that the Chinese have realised if they want good quality materials they've got to use the nice, finer, softer wools with good, traditional crimping and that drape well. No doubt, they had to struggle to get the better quality wools, he rued.