14 Oct 2011

High dollar knocks wool prices at South Island sale

7:47 am on 14 October 2011

The exchange rate has put a dampener on wool prices at this week's South Island sale.

After further increases in recent weeks, prices for most wool types fell as a result of the New Zealand dollar strengthening since last week's auction.

Exporter New Zealand Wool Services International reports that some merino and mid-micron prices fell by up to 6%.

Most cross bred wool prices also lost ground, with reductions ranging from 1% to 6%, although fine cross-bred fleece held firm, bolstered by continued demand from China.

Eighty percent of the 11,400 bales were sold.