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Wool Production by Country 2024

Country
Wool Prod. 2021
China356.2K
Australia348.6K
New Zealand133.8K
Turkey85.9K
United Kingdom71.5K
Morocco61.5K
Iran56.3K
Turkmenistan48.3K
Russia47.8K
South Africa45K

Wool is one of the world's most popular and versatile fabrics. But it requires the space and resources to raise wool-bearing animals, along with the industrial capacity to process it. Certain countries and regions stand out for wool production, while others lag behind.

The world's top wool producer is China. The industrial powerhouse puts out 356,216 tons of the material yearly. The massive, billion-plus citizen nation is followed closely by the much lower population Australia, which produces 348,608 tons annually. Its neighbor, New Zealand, comes in a distant third with an estimated 125,772 tons. The presence of Australia and New Zealand at the top of the list, despite their smaller size, is evidence of the significant role sheep and wool production play in these nations. This is followed by another steep drop to fourth, with Turkey producing 85,916 tons and the United Kingdom in fifth, putting out 70,448. Out of the top ten nations, Asia is home to the most, with the Australian region and Africa also represented.

Among the world's wool-producing nations, a few barely make an impact on global output. These include Malaysia (165 tons), Mali (277), Nepal (584), and Myanmar (782.) Once again, Asia is the most common region among low producers, with Bangladesh also making the bottom ten. However, North America (Canada, Mexico), South America (Colombia), Africa (Mali, Kenya), and Europe (Ukraine) also show up at the bottom of the ranks.

Differences in wool production can be related to a variety of factors, from space and suitability for animal raising to local clothing customs, which may or may not use the fabric. In addition, it's vital to remember that this data is a mix of officially provided data and estimated or imputed numbers. Additionally, some nations may produce no wool commercially or at such a low volume that measurement is impossible.

  • Production values have been rounded to the nearest whole ton.

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Country
Wool Prod. 2021 (t)
Data Type
China356.2KOfficial
Australia348.6KOfficial
New Zealand133.8KEstimated
Turkey85.9KOfficial
United Kingdom71.5KImputed
Morocco61.5KEstimated
Iran56.3KEstimated
Turkmenistan48.3KEstimated
Russia47.8KOfficial
South Africa45KEstimated
Pakistan43.5KImputed
Kazakhstan41.2KOfficial
Argentina39.7KOfficial
India38KImputed
Uzbekistan36.3KOfficial
Algeria33.5KOfficial
Indonesia24.6KImputed
Uruguay23.4KOfficial
Spain23.2K
Syria19KEstimated
Azerbaijan16.1KOfficial
Mongolia14.9KEstimated
Saudi Arabia14.2KEstimated
Iraq14.2KEstimated
Afghanistan12.5KImputed
Egypt11.7KEstimated
Kyrgyzstan10.9KEstimated
Libya10.2KImputed
United States10.2KOfficial
Tunisia9.4KImputed
Yemen8.9KEstimated
Brazil8.3KOfficial
Peru7.7KOfficial
Tanzania7.6KEstimated
Tajikistan7.4KImputed
Ethiopia7.3KImputed
Chile6.8KEstimated
Jordan4.6KImputed
Colombia4.5KEstimated
Mexico4.1KOfficial
Lesotho3.6KImputed
Norway3.4KOfficial
Zimbabwe2.9KEstimated
Serbia2.9KOfficial
Lebanon2.7KEstimated
Albania2.6KOfficial
Bangladesh2.5KEstimated
Kenya2.2KImputed
Bolivia2.1KOfficial
Georgia2KOfficial
Ukraine1.5KOfficial
Bosnia and Herzegovina1.4KEstimated
Eritrea1.3KEstimated
Namibia1.3KEstimated
Moldova1.3KOfficial
Canada1.2KImputed
Israel1.2KEstimated
Armenia1.1KImputed
Ecuador1KEstimated
Kuwait980Imputed
North Macedonia865Imputed
Myanmar760Estimated
Iceland738Official
Switzerland702Official
Paraguay634Imputed
Nepal584Official
Mali280Estimated
Montenegro244Imputed
Malaysia168Estimated
Belarus95Official
JapanMissing
South SudanMissing
BhutanMissing
Total1.8M
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Which country produces the most wool?

China produces the most wool in the world, having produced 356,193 tons of wool in 2022. Australia is the world's second-largest producer of wool most years and generated 328,000 tons in 2022.

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