Wool Lot Number Plate

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Black painted steel, with white painted lettering. Used to identify wool lots during sales. Last used in 1976.
CH classification RURAL INDUSTRY Livestock Sheep wool lot number plate
Production place
L410 x W160 x H5 mm
Media/Materials description
Steel, painted black, with white paint text.
<Painted in white paint on front of plate> 1468
History and use
This wool lot number was used to identify wool lots during the sale of wool. Before the 1970s all wool in Australia was sold by what is termed the 'traditional auction method'. Buyers inspected the wool in bales displayed in huge warehouses and assessed the characteristics important in the manufacturing process of the mills for which they were buying. The wool lot number would identify to the buyer the wool brand, the wool type and the specific wool bales.

In 1972 Sale by Sample was introduced into the marketing system with Sale by Description introduced in 1985. In this method a mechanical claw takes a sample from each bale in a line or lot of wool. These samples are displayed in a box for the buyer to examine. The majority of Queensland wool is displayed for sale at the Sydney wool store with specialist lines displayed at Newcastle. The Brisbane selling centre was closed in 1994. China is the biggest buyer of Queensland's wool, followed by Taiwan, Italy, the Czech Republic, France and Germany.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
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