Wool sales up for co-op

The Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers saw a 2.5 percent increase in gross wool sales in the last fiscal year, selling almost $10.4 million worth of product.

In a news release issued after its Oct. 18-20 annual meeting, it said there was net income of $425,599 from all business operations.

“Difficult wool marketing conditions for broader wools continued in 2017-18. This resulted in lower wool sales in our value-added wool trading division of almost 14.5 percent compared to the previous fiscal year,” the CCWG said in the release.

China is the main export destination for Canadian wool, but it is also marketed in five other countries.

2018 was the co-operative’s 100th year in business.

The national wool certificate of merit recipients for 2017 in Western Canada are as follows:

Manitoba
Rupert Durose — Duck Paddle Farm, Plumas
Shearer — Rupert Durose
Steve and Jeanette Lewis, McAuley
Shearer — Steve Lewis

Saskatchewan
Heidi Clarke — Willow Island Farm, Saskatoon
Shearers — Bill and Heidi Clarke
Bonny and Norman Lee, Pangman
Shearer — Cliff Metheral
Dale and Dawn Montgomery, Maple Creek
Shearer — Cliff Metheral
Richard and Wanda Perrault, Val Marie
Shearers — Lorrie Reed and crew

Alberta
Jordon Preston, Vauxhall
Shearers — John Beasley, Shaun Fajnor, Dwight Galenzoski, Paul Preston
Shannon and Don Horkoff, Vulcan
Shearer — Jeff Fielding

British Columbia
Dennis Gellings, Dawson Creek
Shearers — South Peace Colony, Birch Hills Colony

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