[16 October/ Stuff]

Fine wool sales increased at last week’s Christchurch wool sale; however, crossbred wools struggled. There were mixed results for a top offering from all wool breeds. Core Asian markets were quiet, including for crossbred hogget fleece. 31 to 34 microns crossbred fleece was 3-7 percent less expensive, 35 microns and stronger was down 1-3 percent and the second shear remained unchanged. 21 to 25-micron fleece increased 2-3 percent, and 14 to 20-micron fleece was 7-11 percent more expensive. Halfbred breeds were slightly cheaper for some micron categories, and merino wool experienced high demand across all types.