WOOL QUALITY PROGRAM
A series of bulletins containing valuable information for the wool industry.
2020 Wool Testing Information
With the expected closure of Yocom-McColl Testing Lab, 2020 will be a year of transition for wool testing in the U.S. Texas AgriLife is currently in the process of creating and operating a commercial wool testing lab.However, this lab will not be ready for the 2020 spring season and, thus, testing may be done through the New Zealand Wool Testing Authority (NZWTA) Laboratory.
NZWTA Lab Temporarily Closed- March 27, 2020
The New Zealand Wool Testing Authority Laboratory was closed on Wednesday as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. The temporary closure is scheduled to last at least four weeks after the New Zealand government closed all non-essential business services.
The American wool industry had planned to use the NZWTA Lab for spring 2020 wool testing while a new commercial lab at Texas A&M University AgriLife in San Angelo, Texas, is developed to take over in 2021.
While the closure means it will be difficult to get American wool commercially tested in the near term, there may not be an immediate need to test wool testing due so many uncertainties with the COVID-19 outbreak and the softer wool market .Although shearing season is officially underway in the United States, there has not been much activity to sell US wool. The Australian wool market has seen consistent losses in recent weeks (although it was up slightly this week), Commercial testing is especially important for exported wool, but there isn’t much wool being exported at this time.
In addition, many American wool warehouses have committed to continuing to take and prepare wool for when testing resumes in a month. Once the lab reopens, testing on submitted wool samples should be completed within a few days after the wool sample is received in New Zealand.