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New grading system to help 'carpet' wool producers in Wales.

Byline: GARETH JONES British Wool Marketing Board

DEMAND for British wool continues to grow from both domestic and overseas users with the Far East market still taking significant volumes of quality British wool.

Sales are going well for all types of wool, with a notable demand for the finer micron types, which are receiving premiums.

It is pleasing to see the overall sale average up by 15p/kg compared to the same period last year: there is no evidence to suggest the guide prices issued earlier in the year won't be met and in some cases exceeded.

By the first week of September BWMB had sold 21% of the anticipated 2014 wool clip. The early September sale saw an 87% clearance of the 2.03m kg offered, with the cumulative average price sitting at PS1.59/kg.

For the 2014 season the BWMB introduced new quality control measures at our UK depots. These changes are designed to ensure the trade has confidence in our product.

Yet farmers themselves can do much to improve fleece presentation and so help maximise the value of their wool clip.

To recognise the good work being done by wool producers, this year we are awarding certificates to those presenting wool in an excellent manner.

Those producers who have already received their grading details this season will have noticed some changes. A number of new grades have been introduced to better reflect the modern market.

It has become evident in recent years that some types of wool - historically classified as carpet making - have been used by some manufacturers, particularly in China, for top making.

The price difference between carpet and top making wool can be significant, often as much as 20-25p/kg. Therefore a change in the grading structure has enabled more wool to be targeted at this market - benefitting both producers and customers.

The Campaign for Wool (CfW) continues to be a major force in the promotion of wool across the world.

It is once again shaping up for its autumn activities with October's Wool Week central to the UK activities. Gareth Jones is the BWMB's producer communications manager.

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Sep 25, 2014
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