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Wool Production by Country 2024

Country
Total Production
China356,216
Australia348,608
New Zealand125,772
Turkey85,916
United Kingdom70,448
Morocco62,670
Iran52,504
Russia47,838
Pakistan43,328
South Africa42,406

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.

Notes:
- Production values have been rounded to the nearest whole ton.

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Country
Total Production (tons)
Data Type
China356,216Official
Australia348,608Official
New Zealand125,772Estimated
Turkey85,916Official
United Kingdom70,448Imputed
Morocco62,670Estimated
Iran52,504Estimated
Russia47,838Official
Pakistan43,328Imputed
South Africa42,406Estimated
Kazakhstan41,199Official
Turkmenistan40,866Estimated
India40,006Imputed
Argentina39,742Official
Uzbekistan36,345Official
Algeria33,459Official
Indonesia24,206Imputed
Uruguay23,376Official
Azerbaijan16,138Official
Mongolia14,739Estimated
Saudi Arabia14,423Estimated
Iraq13,728Estimated
Afghanistan13,147Imputed
Syria11,961Estimated
Egypt11,871Estimated
Libya10,264Imputed
United States10,184Official
Kyrgyzstan9,970Estimated
Tunisia9,756Imputed
Yemen9,052Estimated
Brazil8,299Official
Tanzania8,276Estimated
Tajikistan7,887Imputed
Peru7,690Official
Ethiopia7,639Imputed
Chile6,297Estimated
Jordan4,503Imputed
Colombia4,445Estimated
Mexico4,124Official
Lesotho3,605Imputed
Norway3,449Official
Zimbabwe3,127Estimated
Serbia2,859Official
Lebanon2,724Estimated
Albania2,632Official
Bangladesh2,493Estimated
Kenya2,159Imputed
Bolivia2,077Official
Georgia2,000Official
Ukraine1,497Official
Bosnia and Herzegovina1,404Estimated
Eritrea1,296Estimated
Moldova1,265Official
Namibia1,241Estimated
Canada1,218Imputed
Israel1,169Estimated
Armenia1,102Imputed
Kuwait974Imputed
Ecuador823Estimated
Myanmar792Estimated
Iceland738Official
North Macedonia694Imputed
Switzerland668Official
Paraguay634Imputed
Nepal584Official
Mali277Estimated
Montenegro250Imputed
Malaysia165Estimated
Belarus97Official
JapanMissing
South SudanMissing
BhutanMissing
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Which country produces the most wool?

China produces 356,216 tons of wool a year, which is significantly higher than the next country, Australia, which produces 248,608 tons.

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