Story published by Alexa Cook, Rural Reporter for Radio NZ

An unusually hot and humid summer in the North Island has stained wool yellow, making it harder to sell and leading to lower prices.

Hawke’s Bay wool broker Philippa Wright says some North Island farmers aren’t affected, but overall there is a big difference in wool colour this year.

The cross-bred wool market has struggled for the past 18 months, after its key market in China started favouring finer fibre fashions.