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Bumper year for East Cape wool farmers

High production numbers, good auction prices and massive demand from overseas markets contributed to a landmark year for the South African wool trade – with the Eastern Cape as the top contributor.

Wool growers produced more than 50 million kilograms of wool in the 2016-17 season, and prices ranged between R100 and R180 a kilogram – figures that cemented this season as one of the best the industry has seen in decades.

National Wool Growers’ Association (NWGA) general manager Leon de Beer described it as an outstanding year. “Despite the drought, our wool-producing regions received enough rain to keep production figures up.

In addition, South African wool is considered among the best in the world, so there is a growing demand for our product. “Our sector also has a lot of great cooperation between commercial and emerging farmers.

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