Fine wool prices on the open market are down substantially on this time last year but the good news for growers is that with supply contracts in place, many are shielded from the hit.
Food, and to a lesser extent fibre, needs to be sold when harvested no matter what the state of the economy and environment are.
Things like supply and demand dynamics and global pandemics can make it tricky to realise the full worth of a product. When you’ve got to sell, you’re in a bad position to start with.
But much of the fine wool sector works on secure forward contracts that give certainty to farmers.
The strong wool sector is looking to its finer cousins for innovations it can take on board.
This is one that’s a no-brainer.
Slow start to wool season
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Fonterra back in the black
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