Bales of wool awaiting sale. Merino wool fibre have tiny crimples that can be stretched to make wonderful fabrics and a lightweight suit, with a price tag in the thousands, they say may be produced from a kilo of wool which brings 1600 - 2000 cents a kilo.
Often, this fine wool comes from the New England area. Top shearers may shear 200 sheep a day and earn $2 a sheep, some say a skill shortage exists there.
The ancient, dry and fragile nature of the local soils and the highly specialised ecology does not go well with sheep farming according to some experts. Native fauna have soft feet and other suitable characteristics.