Friday, May 28, 2010

2010 Maryland Wool Pool

The 53rd Annual Maryland Wool Pool will be held on Wednesday, June 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. There will be three lines to accept wool:  one line for square bales and two lines for loose wool. 

Prices are higher than last year's prices by a few cents per pound:  choice white-face, 0.55 per lb.; medium white-face, 0.54; coarse white-face, 0.51; non white-face; 0.49; and short, 0.37.  This year's pool has been purchased by Chargeurs,Inc. of Jamestown, South Carolina.

The price for wool will be the above prices minus a deduction for pool expenses (usually between 5 and 8 cents per pound).  A check will be mailed within several weeks of the pool.  Maryland Sheep Breeders Association annual dues of $25 will be withheld on wool sales over $40.

Wool will be shipped to the buyer in nylon square bags. Producers bringing wool to the pool in nylon square packs weighing 250 lbs. or more will receive a 5 cent per pound bonus payment and a replacement wool pack.  Smaller lots of wool can be delivered in clear plastic bags or loose in the vehicle.

Wool delivered in polypropylene bags will be refused.  Wool delivered in burlap bags will be discounted 3 cents per pound. The pool will not accept wet wool, black and gray wool, and wool from hair sheep or hair sheep crosses.

Questions or concerns pertaining to the wool pool should be directed to Rich Barczewski (pool manager) at (302) 857-6410 (day time), (302) 659-1211 (evening, before 9 p.m.), or

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