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TAS Country : November 4th 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010 Tasmanian Country 3 News LOOKING FORWARD: Roberts' Alistair Calvert expects more buyers at the Melbourne sales. End of era set to lift demand for wool KAROLIN MacGREGOR A DECISION to move the state's only remaining wool auction to Melbourne looks set to deliver more demand for Tasmanian wool. The annual Launceston Wool Sale, normally held in February, will be moved to Melbourne after a decision by the National Auction Selling Com- mittee. Last year, about 10 per cent of the state's total wool clip was sold at the Launceston sale. Alistair Calvert, from Roberts' Wool Division, said while it was disappoint- ing to see the end of wool auctions in Tasmania, the move look set to provide more opportunities for growers. ''It wasn't entirely unexpected,'' Mr Calvert said. ''It's been quite a difficult time on the tail end of the drought. ''Volumes across the whole industry have been down and I think the committee was looking to centralise sales where possible. ''So Launceston has been on the radar in that respect.'' A change in wool marketing and selling methods during recent years means the majority of Tasmania's wool clip is sold at auctions in Melbourne throughout the year through other direct selling channels or pool systems such as Roberts Wool Link. The auction committee said 89.7 per cent of Tasmania's wool was sold at Melbourne sales last year and 2982 bales were sold at the showcase Laun- ceston sale. Concerns about the costs of maintaining a show floor and auction facilities in Launceston with only a low number of bales were factors in the committee's decision. Now the plan is to have a dedicated Tasmanian wool sale day in Melbourne on February 15. Mr Calvert said the change was an opportunity for the industry to move forward. ''If you've got good wool, it doesn't really matter where you hold the sale,'' he said. ''The buyers will come. ''All the major wool purchasers are represented in Melbourne, so there could be more buyers at the sales. ''It is the end of an era. ''And I guess we can look at the past and recognise where the industry has come from. ''But now we've also got to look forward at where we want the industry to go.'' While the wool industry and particu- larly fine-wool producers were hard hit by the global financial crisis, wool prices across the board have climbed markedly during the past few weeks to a two-year high. Mr Calvert said a tightening of supply meant buyers had had to pay more to secure stocks, which was good news for producers. Despite the high value of the Aust- ralian dollar, wool prices have lifted significantly in recent weeks. Continued Page 4 *Offer ends 31/12/10 at participating Polaris dealers or earlier if stocks run out. Excludes fleet clients. 500 H.O. shown with Polaris accessory towpack, rack extenders, brush guard and side rails. Excludes Sportsman 90 and 6X6. Not valid with other offers. 1300 654 142 www.polarisindustries.com.au NOTHING RIDES LIKE A MADE SAVE $1,000* SPORTSMAN 300 4X4 Auto $6,995 RIDEAWAY* SPORTSMAN 400 H.O. 4X4 Auto $7,995 RIDEAWAY* SPORTSMAN 500 H.O. 4X4 Auto $9,695 RIDEAWAY*
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