There was a 71 percent clearance. Mid Micron Fleece 28.5 micron and finer resisted the trend and were generally 3 percent dearer, with 29 to 30.5 microns firm to 3 percent cheaper. Fine Crossbred Fleece were 3 to 4 percent easier with the Fine Crossbred Shears generally 2 to 5 percent weaker, however there were premiums paid for the finer, shorter types.
Better colour Coarse Crossbred Fleece were 3 to 6 percent down, with the poorer styles which were in stronger demand, remaining firm. Coarse Second Shears ranged from 2 to 7 percent weaker. This category made up over 70 percent of the offering. First Lambs were 1 to 5 percent softer with the South Island down the most.
Coarse Oddments in the North were generally firm to 3.5 percent stronger with the South Island selection weakening 7 to 9 percent; however prices are still well above the North Island levels.
Wider competition with China, Western Europe, United Kingdom principals supported by India and the Middle East.
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