Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Higher wool pool prices for 2007

The 50th Annual Maryland Wool Pool will be held on Wednesday, June 20, 2007 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. As in past years, we will have three lines to accommodate consignors. Two lines will be for loose wool and the third for individuals who bring their wool baled. Producers are expected to unload their own wool.

On a positive note, prices are up from last year by about 15 to 20 cents per pound due to global market forces. This years’ pool has been purchased by Lempriere USA, Inc., of Jamestown, South Carolina.

The price you receive for your wool will be the above price minus a deduction for pool expenses (usually between 5 and 8 cents per pound). We will do everything in our power to keep these costs as low as possible. Black and gray wool and wool from hair sheep or hair sheep crosses will not be accepted!

Wool care: Be sure your sheep are dry when shorn. Wet wool cannot be accepted. We are now using nylon square packs to ship our wool in. Any producer bringing wool to the pool in the nylon square packs weighing 250 pounds or more will receive a 5 cent per pound bonus payment for their wool. A new wool pack will be issued with each pack containing 250 pounds or more.

Smaller lots of wool can be delivered in plastic trash bags (clear bags preferred) or loose in your vehicle. Never use polypropylene feed bags and please avoid using burlap bags. Wool delivered in polypropylene bags will be refused and wool delivered in burlap will be deducted 3 cents per pound.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Rich Barczewski, Wool Pool Manager. His daytime phone number at Delaware State University is (302) 857-6410. His evening phone number (please call before 9 p.m.) is (302) 659-1211. You can e-mail Rich at

Article provided by Rich Barczewski.