August 24, 2007
August 24, 2007 - The Australian Wool Testing Authority (AWTA) tested a record amount of fine wool (less than 19.5 micron) in the 2006-2007 season, surpassing the previous record set in the 2004-2005 season. Across all micron categories, however, AWTA-tested wool for the 2006-2007 season was moderately less year-on-year.
Within the fine wool category, the increase in the 2006-2007 season was driven by wool finer than 18.5 micron. The amount of wool tested in the 18-micron category (17.6-18.5 micron) rose by 18 percent.
The amount of wool tested in the 17-micron category (16.6-17.5 micron) increased 23 percent, while for wool finer than 16.6 micron the increase was 34 percent.
A large decline in test volumes for the bulk of the medium merino wool clip from 20 to 22 micron more than offset the increase in fine wool tested. The proportion of wool tested broader than 24 micron in the 2006-2007 season increased to 17.5 percent of the total clip, perhaps reflecting the focus of some producers on prime lamb production. Reprinted from Fibre2fashion.com