Wool selling review delayed

13 Jun, 2015 02:00 AM
We put those deadlines upon ourselves and have since decided we needed more thorough research

Wool Selling Systems Review key dates

  • Release of panel discussion paper: June 2015
  • One-date stakeholder workshop: July 2015
  • Final submissions: Open from August 2015
  • Final report to AWI: Second half 2015

  • WOOLGROWERS will have to wait until the end of the month to get hold of the Wool Selling Systems Review (WSSR) panel discussion paper following a two month delay.

    The review commissioned by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) initially scheduled the paper for release at the end of April, but WSSR executive officer John Roberts, Adelaide, South Australia, said it was delayed until the end of June citing more extensive research was required.

    "We [WSSR panel] put those deadlines upon ourselves and have since decided we needed more thorough research," Mr Roberts said.

    "It's really just a case of wanting to do it right, and for the sake of a few weeks we thought we may as well get the extra research done."

    The research was being conducted by agricultural economist Greg Martin, IDA Economics, Canberra, ACT and would be part of the final documented pending industry review.

    "We wanted more time for the discussion paper so we could put it in a more thorough form as its going to be the subject of the stakeholder workshop we have at the end of July; the work we are doing now will probably expedite the process if anything," Mr Roberts said.

    He said the WSSR panel discussion paper was designed to show industry the research findings and recommend further direction for the review.

    "Wool selling is a self regulated market, we can't mandate it, industry have got to want to do these things. So we can put the ideas out there discussion and and with input from all stakeholders the industry can decide where the review should go."

    Following the workshop, industry would have at least six weeks to make final submissions.

    The WSSR received 68 initial submission earlier in the year, Mr Roberts said he had expected more, however, the panel was still pleased with the level of engagement.

    He said centralisation of wool selling centres was one topic that had come up in many submissions.

    "The heterogeneity of wool with so many types, so many homes it comes from and so many places it has to go, suggests there is not a one size fits all solution to this industry and we are certainly not kidding ourselves there is."

    Mr Roberts said the delayed release of the panel discussion paper would not hold up delivery of the final WSSR report to AWI tabled for the second half of 2015.


    Cara Jeffery

    is the national sheep and wool writer for Fairfax Agricultural Media
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    Edward Wymer
    16/06/2015 10:58:16 PM

    No surprise with this delay, the whole idea of saving costs "shearing shed to ship "was always ridiculous. 68 submissions NOT ONE, with a sensible idea of how it could be done, because it can't be done. woolman.biz
    Jock Munro
    17/06/2015 4:56:32 AM

    Several submissions have recommended that the clip be sold through a co operative arrangement. We can only hope that the review committee is giving this proposal due consideration.
    John NIven
    17/06/2015 7:29:06 AM

    Admire you Jock but clowns running the circus destroyed Wool Reserve price scheme and your beloved single desk. Also Free Market is a myth unless you are selling farm produce.
    Jock Munro
    18/06/2015 10:45:02 AM

    The wheat single desk was not destroyed nor did it fail John. It was treacherously abolished by Rudd Labor and Nelson's Liberals on trumped up charges. The Reserve Price was a price support mechanism .A co operative arrangement is not a price support scheme but merely a means of providing more equity and stability for producers and end users alike.
    Chick Olsson
    19/06/2015 1:22:03 PM

    What a waste of growers levy… seriously, there better investments than interfering with the free market. What is lacking is an increasing large demand for wool..
    Jock Munro
    19/06/2015 4:47:16 PM

    So Chic, are you suggesting that the free market is working for the wool industry with its slow and steady decline in production?
    Chck Olsson
    25/06/2015 7:17:45 PM

    Hi Jock, i am suggesting...that our wool industry is still in terminal decline because of the Reserve Price scheme, via a quasi single deskm and that exiting capital and ongoing levy has seen very little in new wool product deelopment, and subsequently, wool has lost majority market textile share to articifial fibres.... I could go on and on, but this history is tedious and painful.
    Jock Munro
    1/07/2015 6:33:28 AM

    You are stretching it a bit to be still blaming the reserve price scheme for our woes Chic! It was abolished 25 years ago.
    Steve Noa
    3/07/2015 10:56:33 AM

    Spot on Chick Olsson...and the history is all laid out in C. Massey's book for you Jock. The greatest pity is that when we had the money the industry never employed the right people (ad agencies) to market wool... and we have never recovered. There is no forward market for wool because there are no wool products (or labels - barring Icebreaker) that sell year in - year out. Doesn't matter how we sell wool if there is no consistent demand. I note not one submission tackles the ongoing problem of orderly offerings - the recent debacle putting a swift end to real demand supply dynamics.
    3/07/2015 12:35:45 PM

    The Reserve price scheme would have continued had they set a figure at cost of production not at a profitable figure because nothing else on the farm was as profitable as the guaranteed price for wool so too many farmers increased numbers and flooded the market. Welcome back to the boom - bust era.
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