[26 March/Rural Life]

Due to an unusually hot and humid summer, wool in the North Island has been stained yellow which has made it harder to sell, with prices suffering as a consequence. Hawke’s Bay Wool Broker, Philippa Wright, said some North Island farmers weren’t affected but overall there was a difference. Ms Wright said the hot humid and wet weather was worst for North Island growers, particularly in Hawke’s Bay. She added there was a drop in their wool colour range and that there was nothing anyone could do about it. She noted that it limited the ability for dyeing the wool and where it can go. It had a detrimental effect on farmers. The wool selling process was harder and slower than usual. She said one upside to the weather was the favourable grass growth.