Which Country Produces the Most Wool?

Wool Production (Greasy) (tonnes), 2018
Agriculture | March 17, 2020
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Based on a comparison of 94 countries in 2018, China ranked the highest in greasy wool production with 416,824 tonnes followed by Australia and New Zealand. On the other end of the scale was Luxembourg with 16.0 tonnes, Malta with 26.0 tonnes and Finland with 77.0 tonnes.

Total greasy wool production reached 1,974,406 tonnes in 2018 in the World according to Faostat. This is 0.118 % more than in the previous year and -3.97 % less than 10 years ago.

Historically, total greasy wool production reached an all time high of 3,350,508 tonnes in 1990 and an all time low of 1,962,193 tonnes in 2016. The average annual growth amounted to -0.495 % since 1961.

The top ranked country, China, accounted for 21.1 % of greasy wool production in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 47.1 % share while the ten largest countries some 67.4 % in 2018.

Data for more countries are available at Wool Production (Greasy) indicator page.

Wool Production (Greasy) Unit 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Algeria tonnes 30,882 33,681 36,776 37,100 38,373
Argentina tonnes 42,000 44,000 45,988 46,000 42,700
Australia tonnes 351,919 358,854 350,546 363,824 354,991
China tonnes 437,119 471,111 459,564 413,134 411,642
India tonnes 46,100 47,909 48,140 43,600 41,278
Iran tonnes 61,500 60,913 60,123 58,624 57,044
Kazakhstan tonnes 38,437 37,638 37,779 38,025 38,518
Morocco tonnes 56,000 56,829 57,771 60,204 61,533
New Zealand tonnes 165,000 159,548 152,480 147,731 140,248
Pakistan tonnes 43,000 43,600 44,100 43,445 40,173
Russia tonnes 55,253 54,651 56,409 55,644 56,006
South Africa tonnes 39,904 43,902 45,200 49,788 48,127
Turkey tonnes 51,180 54,784 58,403 59,196 62,525
Turkmenistan tonnes 38,000 38,000 38,564 39,916 39,832
United Kingdom tonnes 68,000 67,571 67,426 68,390 69,410