Friday, June 23, 2006

Wool Pool Highlights

The Maryland-Delaware Wool Pool was held on June 21 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. The wool pool has been held for over 45 years and gives sheep producers a marketing outlet for their fleeces.

Rich Barczewski (pictured above) is the manager of the wool pool. Rich is the Dean of the College of Agriculture at Delaware State University.

All of the wool that comes to the pool is graded. In the picture above, Linda Shane (L) teaches producers how to grade wool.

Loose wool is baled at the pool according to grade: Choice (fine; > 56s), Medium (White-face), Non-whiteface (medium), Coarse, and Short. Large producers bring their wool to the pool already baled. The Maryland Sheep Breeders Association owns two wool balers.

Volunteers do a lot of the work at the wool pool and help to minimize the cost of operating the pool.
For information about the Maryland-Delaware Wool Pool, contact Rich Barczewski at

Learn how a wool pool works

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