since the 1700s
The first Merino sheep arrived in Australia in the late 1700s. By the mid 1800s wool had become Australia’s main export. Captain John Macarthur is widely credited with starting the Australian wool industry when he concentrated on breeding pure Spanish Merinos.
Today there are around 40,000 wool producing businesses in Australia. Sheep numbers change depending on the seasons and wool prices. Most wool producing businesses are family run enterprises that on average have around 3000 sheep. Many have been producing wool for generations.
the industry now
The wool production industry in Australia experiences highs and low. Right now, COVID19 hasn’t been kind to our farmers with wool prices falling dramatically as demand declines. Many farmers are stockpiling their wool in the hope the market bounces back quickly.
Sadly what doesn’t experience highs and lows is early wool processing. Australia has lost its ability to clean its own wool with scouring and carbonising plants all but disappearing from our shores.
Ewe Beauty – Campaign for wool is seeking to change this but we need your assistance. Help us return wool processing to Aussie turf by signing our petition, writing a support letter or sending a video message.
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