The wool trade generally regards Western Australian wools as good blending wools, but unsuitable for making up complete processing batches. This reputation is reflected by the lower prices that our wools receive compared with the same wool types sold in the eastern States.
With the assistance of the Australian Wool Corporation (A WC), we have reviewed the potential factors contributing to the differences in prices paid for Western Australia's wools and their processing performance.
Where possible, we have predicted the processing performance of Western Australian wools using an equation developed by CSIRO's Division of Wool Technology.
Kelly, Rob; Ralph, Ian; Stanton, John; and Harrowfield, Barry
"The processing performance of Western Australian wools,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4: Vol. 34
, Article 4.
Available at: http://researchlibrary.agric.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture4/vol34/iss3/4