Wool industry facts

Western Australia has more than 13.8 million sheep run by over 5000 sheep producers. They are mostly located in the agricultural region of the state producing high quality, fine Merino wool. The state is internationally cost competitive in wool production, handling and delivery.

  • The wool industry in Western Australia (WA) had a gross value of $661 million in 2015/16, 56% of the total contribution of the sheep industry.
  • There are 13.8 million sheep and lambs in Western Australia (2016) including 7.3 million breeding ewes. They are mostly co-located in the cropping regions across southern WA, with some grazing in adjacent rangelands.
  • Western Australia produced 65 million kilograms of greasy wool in 2015/16. Over 90% is Merino wool measuring less than 24.5 micron, and so destined for apparel. In 2015/16, fine wool of 19.5 micron or less made up 50% of the 'clip' (total amount shorn).
  • The entire Western Australian wool clip is exported or transported interstate. Around 83% of the wool exports go to China with India (8%) and the Czech Republic (4%) the next most important destinations on a value basis (2015/16).
  • Our state is internationally cost competitive in wool production, handling and delivery. The local sheep industry maintains world class animal health and welfare standards.

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Page last updated: Monday, 6 February 2017 - 12:53pm

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