He said: "We are delighted to be working with NSA to travel around the UK, meeting sheep farmers and helping them understand how British Wool are working to maximise the value of their wool clip
." NSA activities and campaigns manager Chris Adamson said markets were not just commercial centres but vital parts of the "social fabric".
Producers can enter two fleeces which must be packaged separately to the rest of the wool clip
and accompanied by a completed entry form.
Adult sheep have an average body weight of 101-118 kg and wool clip
of 8.0-11.6 kg in the original or 5.0-7.3 kg in pure fiber; ewes have an average body weight of 55-65 kg and wool clip
of 3.5-4.6 kg in the original, and fertility per hundred ewes is 115-125% .
"I urge sheep farmers to continue to support BWMB in the years ahead to help it remain competitive and to maximise the value of their own wool clip
The company traditionally sources its much sought after lamb's wool in the Geelong area of Victoria in Australia, purchasing the majority of the available lamb's wool clip
Wool prices at auction have increased substantially since October 2009, and the result is that the 2010 Wool Clip
Value is double that of 2009 and three times that of 2008.
At the start of 2009 the Wool Board's operating costs were around 50% of the total wool clip
value, and while it has done a lot to reduce haulage tonnages, through the use of compacting machines, a lot more can be done.
Today, Australia is the world's biggest producer of wool, supplying a quarter of the global wool clip
Tally up the shearing cost plus labor and subtract that from the income on a wool clip
, and simple arithmetic will show that many sheep producers today are barely breaking even on their wool operation.
It supplies yarn to all Brintons factories except those in Australia and uses 18 per cent of the British wool clip
China takes around a quarter of the British wool clip
. Half stays at home, while 10%-15% heads to mainland Europe.