Farm / Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers Ltd.

Farm Type: Wool/Sheep

Region

South

Town

Coaldale

Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers Ltd.

(CCWG Livestock Supplies) isn’t just a farm store that helps keep animals healthy and fed! We are a Canadian farmer-owned co-operative that focuses on wool marketing for sheep producers. We collect wool from all over Canada, grade it and sell it to the world market. We also sell Canadian-made woolen/sheepskin products to help promote the industry. We work closely with our sheep producers to make sure that Canadian wool reaches its’ maximum potential in the fleece and fibre market.

The complexity of wool processing is the reason that wool is graded before it is sold. Medium wool goes to the woolen system and becomes sweaters, knitting yarn and tweed fabrics. The finer wool enters the worsted system, undergoing an additional process called combing and drawing which removes short ends and further straightens the long, smooth fibres. This wool makes the finest of wool fabrics. Coarse wool is streamed into the carpet system.

The co-operative grades and markets close to 3 million pounds of raw wool each year, with the majority of this coming from Québec, Ontario and Alberta. Each of the three general classes of wool (fine, medium and coarse) are sold wherever the best prices are available

The usual practice is to shear in the spring before lambing. An expert shearer using power equipment similar to barber clippers only larger, can shear a sheep in less than five minutes, rolling off the fleece in one piece. Fleeces are sacked and shipped to CCWG for grading and marketing.

On Saturday August 17, 2024 from 10 am to 4 pm come join us to learn about sheep and the wool industry!

Things to do:

  • Talk to local sheep farmers from the Southern Alberta Sheep Breeders Guild.
  • See some lambs
  • Tour of how wool is shipped for export and how the Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers works
  • Demonstration of spinning and weaving
  •  Other uses for wool!
  • Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers Ltd.
  • Wool/Sheep
  • Maaike van Kuilneburg
  • (403) 357-0812
  • maaike@ccwg.ca
  • https://www.wool.ca/
  • Yes
  • Saturday August 17, 2024
  • 10:00 am
  • 4:00 pm
  • 145 Broxburn Blvd Lethbridge County T1J 4P4

  • From Lethbridge: Head East on Crowsnest Hwy/AB-3, turn right onto Range Rd 210, 600 m South turn right onto broxburn blvd and turn left 1st drive way.
    Across from Perlich Auction Mart.

  • 49.707300
  • -112.711760
  • https://www.facebook.com/CCWGLethbridge/
  • https://www.instagram.com/ccwg.lethbridge/

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Farm Details

Host Name: Maaike van Kuilneburg

Email: maaike@ccwg.ca

Phone: (403) 357-0812

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Date

Start Time: 10:00 am

End Time: 4:00 pm

Date: Saturday August 17, 2024

Directions

Address: 145 Broxburn Blvd Lethbridge County T1J 4P4

Directions:

From Lethbridge: Head East on Crowsnest Hwy/AB-3, turn right onto Range Rd 210, 600 m South turn right onto broxburn blvd and turn left 1st drive way.
Across from Perlich Auction Mart.

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