Mohair Market Assessment 2016

Agrifutures Australia

Type: Research Paper
Knowledge level: Advanced

Farm Table says:

The mohair supply chain is long, internationally focussed and similar to wool with a system based on auction and sale by description - it is a very globally competitive industry and one that will need careful consideration before entering.


This report is produced by RIRDC in 2016 and looks at Mohair markets across the globe.

This assessment looks at the contraction of the mohair industry, domestic and export markets, supply chains together with the promotion and market development of the industry.

There is an opportunity for the production of between 300 and 400 tonnes of Australian-grown mohair, but current national production is a modest 130 tonnes. Farm gate returns from angora goats are currently comparable to some sheep enterprises.

In conclusion the report states that:

  • there has been a contraction in both the Australian and international mohair industries since the 1990s
  • nevertheless, farm gate returns from angora goats are currently comparable to some sheep enterprises and there is a profitable market for between 300 and 400 tonnes of Australian grown mohair. Current Australian production is a modest 130 tonnes
  • consequently there is opportunity for production of additional quality mohair in Australia at profitable prices on both commercial and hobby farms

Final comment

Mohair must compete with other Australian land uses including the bigger and less risk exposed sheep industry.
Australian mohair needs to be cost effective against good quality mohair sourced from South Africa and Argentina
which has access to low cost production labour for shepherding, shearing, classing and resorting. Mohair also competes with alternative natural fibres including cashmere, alpaca and superfine merino.

2016 - Australia - Agrifutures Australia
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