With the Eastern Market Indicator at a record and auctions preparing to shut for the Christmas break, confidence abounds the market will stay strong into 2018.
The wool market shrugged off the previous week’s indecision with every micron category gaining in value.
In 1989, the Australian wool market collapsed and burdened Australia woolgrowers with the ownership of a 4.7 million bale stockpile and a debt of $2.8 billion.
The nation’s agricultural think tank chief believes weakness surrounding oversight and transparency of levy management is diminishing the strength of industry bodies.
Traditional marketing of Merino wool is under review as the US online giant Amazon’s entrance into the Australian retail market challenges the reliance on bricks-and-mortar retailers.
There is movement at the wool export station with staff changes at some of the countries largest export companies triggering a domino effect of job shuffling.
Australian Wool Innovation are forging ahead with the launch of a digital wool selling system, despite rival service providers threatening legal action over ongoing data ownership concerns.