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Sheep Numbers By State

Reports are based on AWI Wool Production Forecasting Committee, AWI and Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) joint survey and statistical models.

Year Opening Sheep Number (million) Sheep Numbers Shorn (million) Average Cut Per Head (kg) Shorn Wool Production (mkg greasy)
1991-92 163.1 180.9 4.43 801
1992-93 148.1 178.8 4.56 815
1993-94 138 172.8 4.49 775
1994-95 132.5 156.2 4.37 682
1995-96 120.8 145.6 4.50 655
1996-97 121 152 4.35 661
1997-98 120.1 150 4.22 633
1998-99 117.4 153.6 4.33 665
1999-00 115.4 144.2 4.30 619
2000-01 118.5 139.5 4.31 602
2001-02 110.8 118.6 4.68 555
2002-03 106.1 116.6 4.28 499
2003-04 99.2 104.7 4.53 475
2004-05 101.2 106 4.49 475
2005-06 101.1 106.5 4.33 461
2006-07 91 101.4 4.24 430
2007-08 85.7 90.2 4.43 400
2008-09 76.9 79.3 4.52 362
2009-10 72.7 76.2 4.50 343
2010-11 70.8 76.2 4.53 345
2011-12 73.1 76.4 4.48 342
2012-13 74.7 78.8 4.47 352
2013-14 75.5 78 4.37 341
2014-15 72.6 76.9 4.50 346
2015-16 70.9 73.4 4.43 325
2016-17f 70.1 73.7 4.59 339
2017-18f n/a 73.9 4.60 340

Australian wool production statistics since 1991/92

Parameter 2015/2016
Final Estimate
2016/17
Fourth forecast
Change
y-o-y (%)
2017/18
First forecast
Change
y-o-y (%)
Opening Sheep Number
(million)
70.9 70.1 -1.2% 69.4 -1.0%
Sheep Numbers Shorn
(million)
73.4 73.7 0.5% 73.9 0.2%
Average Cut Per Head (kg) 4.43 4.59 3.8% 4.6 0.2%
Shorn Wool Production
(mkg greasy)
325 339 4.3% 340 0.4%

 Latest AWPFC forecast in April 2017