This page includes: links to Australian and overseas sites related to Mohair, an overview of clip preparation and marketing in Australia, and sale reports of the AMMO sales.
Australian Mohair Marketing Organisation (AMMO) Click here
Animal Health Australia (AHA) Click here
AgriFutures Australia Click here
Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) Click here
Goat Industry Council of Australia Click here
Mohair South Africa Click here
American Angora Goat Breeders Association Click here
Skirting, classing and selling your mohair
Clip preparation starts with the previous shearing. Timing of shearing is important. In areas where there are significant weeds which can contaminate the fleece, shearing just before the seeds become a danger is important. Remember there is also a seasonal moult in late August which can make some animals difficult to shear. Shearing later in September or October can result in cotted (matted) fleeces from fibre which has shed from the skin and moved through the fleece. Good feed conditions may accentuate this problem.
AMMO 2018B Sale Report.
D L Stapleton
Below is an independent sale report on this sale. The offering on 23rd November 2018 was of 25,206kg in 38 lots. Top price of $42.00/kg greasy went to the 2-bale lot of BSFFK (26.2um). Four lots of FK sold at $37 to $38. The sale averaged of $23.46 with a 78% clearance. Several large lots of DFFH (22 bales) remained unsold with bidding reaching $21.30 before being passed in. It is expected that these lots will sell next week………
Independent report on the auction held on 1st June 2018 – Narrandera.
Friday’s auction produced a remarkable result with prices rising
considerably on those achieved at the B2017 auction in November. The offering
comprised 28,138kg in 155 bales (46 lots) and achieved a 98% clearance at an
average of $24.52 per kg greasy. Four buyers participated with a top price of
$42.50 paid for 1 bale of BSFFK (23.9um).
This was the first sale prepared using the revised classing schedule
developed by AMMO over the last 6 months. A feature of this schedule was an
attempt to match the type descriptions used in South Africa. Length
descriptions have been adjusted such that A now refers to fibre of 15 to 17cm,
B from 12.5 to 15cm, C from 10 to 12.5, D from 7 to 10cm, and E under 7cm. The
term LOX now refers to heavy stained fibre rather than sweepings.
These changes need to be understood when interpreting the test results and
lot prices in the table which can be accessed below. In the past the largest
lots were referred to as B (eg BKID, BYG, BFFH). These major types are
now referred to as C length (eg CKID, CFYG, CFFH).
While the offering was somewhat smaller than that of the same time last
year, the classing appeared to be considerably improved. Greater use of length
criteria and a clearer separation on fibre diameter were evident.
FFK lines sold at $36 to $42/kg greasy, FK $30 to $36, K(ID) to $34, FFYG
and FYG types from $27 to $32, FFH at around $26, FH at $19 to $24 and H at
$20. Out sorts sold strongly with SCOT bringing $27 and STN $23.00.
As in past sales the amount to short (D and E) and poorly defined (2nd style and mixed) fleeces types was disappointingly high. This leaves some room to improve shed classing and adjustment of shearing times to increase returns. DS
report of the auction held on 2nd June 2017.
first auction for the year AMMO offered 34,568kg in 52 lots. For the first time
in 36 years Mr Ian Laycock was absent from a mohair sale due to medical issues.
We wish him well and hope he can make a good recovery. Attendance at the
auctions by several other regulars might be coming to an end as well with the
distinct possibility of a major changing of the guard at the B2017 sale.
Nevertheless, the sale demonstrated that life goes on and that gaps can be
was brisk though a number of lots failed to reach reserves and were passed in.
Fine Kids sold to $25.90 with Kids bringing around $20, Young Goats around $19
and Fine Fine Hair at $18/kg greasy. Cots and Stains again sold well and
brought from $13 to $16. Multiple faulted lines failed to sell and several
obtained no bids at all. Perhaps growers should look more carefully at their management
to attempt to rectify these problems in their mohair.
further comment on quality, the amount of C length (and even D length) fibre is
of continued concern.
On the good side the continued production of finer fibre presents an attractive “top end” to quality of Australian mohair. Perhaps the narrow margin of prices between Kids and Young Goats (and even FFH) lines can be attributed to generally finer lines from adult animals. Kid and YG lines often overlapped even FFH lines delivered test results of less than 32microns. Despite this, some coarse hair was evident in some lines leading to the comment that growers could do better and remove noticeably broader mohair from their main fleece lines. DS