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Young Australian wool growers head to see Chinese supply chain

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With a majority of Australia’s wool heading to China, a group of young wool producers have had the opportunity to see where it all goes.

The trip, organised by Australian Wool Innovation, involved a group of 15 producers from around Australia travelling together to see mills, factories and the final product in retail.

Eddie Morgan runs a merino property with his parents in the north-east of South Australia, and said it was a great chance to speak to buyers about what they wanted from Australian wool.

“Young wool growers do not often get a chance to go over, and it was good for the Chinese sector to see some young wool growers who are positive about the industry,” he said.

Mr Morgan said the mood in China when it came to Australian wool was very positive.

“They asked us a lot of questions about how we are growing our wool, what we are doing to improve quality, genetics and all those sorts of things,” he said.

“They were really happy to see the future of the young wool growers, and it gave them a good feeling about the future of wool.”

With Chinese wool factories running 24/7, the country needs to guarantee supply. Mr Morgan said the group could not believe how efficient the whole process was from bale to retail. “We were pretty blown away by the scale and the innovation and technology and all the money invested there … that is what really hit home for us, is that there is so much money invested there,” he said.

Mr Morgan said it really drove home how important the wool industry in Australia was to the rest of the world. “We are feeling pretty positive about the decision we have made to grow wool and we are all pretty proud of what our families have done,” he said.

He recommends anyone involved in the wool industry travels and sees where the wool goes

“But I think to actually go over there and see it, I certainly recommend it to any wool grower.

“Whether it is seeing your wool sold in Melbourne or Sydney or going on a tour with Elders or AWI, I think it is really important to see the full supply chain and see what they are looking for.”

Source: ABC Rural

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  • Taelo Ramoruti

    Interesting, As a young wool grower I’d like to have that experience. Can you assist in anyway with arrangements or at least who I can contact?

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