It is time that Australia stops exporting greasy wool so that others get the benefit of the value adding of our world class wool.
When operational, the plant will deliver 812 FTE jobs (270 directly), and $116 million Gross Regional Product ($35.6 million directly)
Australia is a dominant player in the global wool market, producing nearly 20% of all greasy wool. However, only 84% of this is exported as unprocessed greasy wool!
It is time this value add is done in Australia!
The Blackall plant will be the newest technology utilising modern manufacturing techniques and automation.
There will be a focus on innovation in the supply chain and logistics to reduce costs to wool producers.
The plant will establish a model that can be replicated in other parts of Australia, and will be the new centre for wool R&D in Australia
Farm Economics favours sheep production in Queensland. The Nett return on sheep is $17 / Ha / year compared to $6 / Ha / year for Cattle.
The massive predation of the sheep flock by wild dogs has been significantly reduced by the introduction of wild dog fencing.
The combined effect of the better economics and the higher successful lambing rates is seeing the national flock increase.