Saturday, June 23, 2007

Maryland Wool Pool Report

by Rich Barzewski, Wool Pool Manager

The 2007 Maryland Wool Pool was held on Wednesday, June 20 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. A total of 74 consignors brought 35,799 pounds of wool to this year's pool, up approximately 3,000 pounds from last year.

Grader Linda Shane (front)Wool was graded in the following categories. In the Choice Clear White-face grade, we had 2,123 pounds; Medium White-face, 13,174 pounds; Coarse White-face, 7,530 pounds; Non White- face, 6,567 pounds; and Short, 6,493 pounds.
This year's pool was especially successful in that we had a lot of volunteers who showed up to help with the pool, making it easier on everyone.
I can’t begin to thank everyone who pitched in this year to make the 2007 pool a success. This is the producers' pool and while I have the charge to manage the pool, I could never get the job done without the volunteers.
For consignors who don’t have the time to pitch in for a couple of hours, please take the time to thank those that did. These volunteers help to keep the costs down.

David Greene (L) grades Gene Umberger's (R) woolThis year's cost to run the pool was 5 cents per pound. We work hard to keep these costs as low as possible. Additionally, if you are consigning large amounts of wool to the pool, we appreciate receiving the wool baled.

If you have over 300 pounds of similarly graded wool to bring to the pool, please contact me to make arrangements to get your wool baled prior to the pool. This year almost 16,000 pounds of wool arrived to the pool baled. Again, this makes our job at the pool easier and helps us to keep our costs down.

Finally, I would like to remind everyone that I send notices of the pool out to consignors who sold wool in the past two years. If you would like to be notified of next year's pool and have not sold wool to the pool in the past two years, please contact me to let me know. I can be contacted by e-mail at or at