1. Feb, 2015

Another Useless Wool Review.

    We are reluctant to contribute directly to the latest Wool Industry Review, because there have been many over the years, that have cost heaps of money, accomplished nothing and now sit on Bookshelves unread since the day they were printed.

    Rather than submit a submission to this review, we have decided to print some old submissions that come to hand, in no particular order.

    This one was to, The Australian Wool Industry, Recommendations for the Future.

     Report to the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy by the Committee of Review into the Wool Industry.  March 1991.

     Which is a 115 page book   ISBN 0 642 16151 8

                                                                                                               Sometime in 1990

   Wool Review Committee.

       Dear Sirs.

          Re  Recommendations on  ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of wool as a product.

          We are very critical of a way a portion of the Wool Clip is classed, and presented for Sale. We see the problem as being caused by amateur Classers, that is classers that only class for a short period each year, with minimum training.

          Historically, as is well known the Australian Wool Corporation began registering Wool Classers and issuing stencils to Professional and Owner Classers in 1963. That was alright when wool was sold in the traditional method. Buyers could see the stencil on the bales, and could tell if it was classed by a professional or an amateur.

        Today, and for the past 10 years since since the traditional showing of bales has been made redundent, the Wool Buyer only sees the symbol  " C " in his catalogue on all clips,and has know idea what sort of Classer classed it.

         Unfortunately for the Australian Wool Clip, everyone seems to think they can class wool, as shown by A.W.C. figures of nearly 40,000 registered Wool Classers in 1988, which means an average of only 100 to 130 bales classed per year each.

          We have no doubt that if these 40,000 registered Wool Classers were asked, they would all say they could class wool. As someone who has classed fulltime for 30 years, we disagree.

           We have seen Wool Growers with Owner classer registration who cannot even skirt the fleece properly, but think they are doing it correctly.

          In any endeavour, occupation or skill only those who are continuosly engaged at something can possibly be professional, and maintain that skill.

          A lot of wool is put up for Auction mainly from smaller clips, poorly prepared, some even unskirted. The Wool Brokers don't say anything as they don't want to loose a client.

          The  A.W.C. values and inspectors are usually ex-buyers who have not classed much wool, if any. All of them think they can class wool, but we have seen many Wool Buyers attempting it with very amateurish results.


       1    We recommend that a symbol be placed in the Catalogue to recognise the Professional as distinct from the Amatuer. For the Wool Buyers and Growers long term benifit.

       2    There should be more wool rejected from sale and sent to be re -classed, and the fact publicised. 

       3     There should also be a heavy culling of the stencils on issue, starting with the withdrawal of stencils used on unskirted wool.

          We believe a more professional approach needs to be taken to the classing of the Australian Wool Clip, rather than the amatuer approach of the past.

           Yours Sincerely.       Late 1990.