What inspires you about Canada's sheep insdustry?

Written by CCWG Thursday, October 29, 2020

What inspires you about Canada's sheep insdustry?

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In preparing for the 2nd Annual Global Sheep Conference, we are working on a Canadian presentation that speaks to what our industry thinks the sector's good new story is.
Our hope is to collate short videos from all walks of the industry and we are putting out a call for submissions.  
PS:  Everyone is welcome to provide their own videos! Don't be shy.

CSBA Welcomes New General Manager

Written by CSBA Thursday, October 29, 2020

CSBA Welcomes New General Manager

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The Canadian Sheep Breeders’ Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Jane Underhill as General Manager effective November 1, 2020. The CSBA would like to express their appreciation to Linda Brandes for her talent and dedication throughout her mandate and wish her continued success in her future endeavors.
Jane lives in Montreal but is originally from Atlantic Canada where her connection to the ovine industry began. She brings extensive business and leadership experience to CSBA. Most recently she’s been a consultant for SMEs in various sectors including agriculture, sustainability, and natural fibres.
On a personal level, she’s been active in promoting healthy communities through urban agriculture, green innovation, and “buying local” initiatives. She’s a proud member of Upper Canada Fibreshed and an advisor to The Campaign for Wool and The Canadian Wool Council.
Jane speaks English and French fluently and is looking forward to getting acquainted with breeders and industry leaders from all regions in Canada.

Please note our new mailing address
4350 avenue de l’Hôtel-de-Ville, suite 106
Montréal (Québec) H2W 2H5

Other contact details remain the same
Toll-free: 1-866-956-1116
Fax: 1-877-207-2541
Email: office@sheepbreeders.ca
Web: http://sheepbreeders.ca

CCWG Wool Industry News / Nouvelles de l”industrie de la laine

Written by CCWG Wednesday, October 21, 2020

CCWG Wool Industry News
Nouvelles de l'industrie de la laine

CCWG recently held Management and Board of Director meetings at the 102nd Annual General Meeting held via Zoom video conference on October 17th, 2020.
La CCWG a récemment tenu des réunions avec la direction et le conseil d'administration lors de la 102e Assemblée générale annuelle tenue par vidéoconférence Zoom le 17 octobre 2020.

The 2020 elected Board of Directors are as follows:
Le conseil d’administration a été élu comme suit:


Executive Committee / Comité exécutif:

President / Président - David Mastine, St. Felix de Kingsey, QC
1st Vice President / 1er vice-président - Allan E. Ribbink, Tiverton, ON
2nd Vice President / 2e vice-président - Ruth Mathewson, Central North River, NS
- Morgan A. Moore, Brandon, MB 

Additional Directors on the Board are as follows / Autres directeurs sur le comité:

Audit Committee (3) / comité de verification des comptes (3):

- Arlette Seib, Watrous, SK 
- Roma H. Tingle, Prince George, BC
- Allison Preston, Lethbridge, AB
- Reggie K. Campbell, Ashton, ON
- Larry Kennedy, Shamrock, SK 
- John D. Woodburn, Grimshaw, AB


Ruth Mathewson will continue to serve as the CCWG representative on the Canadian Sheep Federation in 2021. Sincere appreciation is extended to Warren L. Moore, Ward Harden and Gary J. Fox who are leaving the board in 2020. We thank them for their many years of excellent service.
For the fiscal year ending February 29, 2020 the co-operative recorded gross sales of just under 10.3 million which represents a decrease of 11.1% from the previous year. Net income of $257,101 from all business operations was achieved. Most of the decline can be attributed to lower wool sales and carry over of unsold graded wool inventory to the next fiscal year.  In 2019 everyone in the wool business operated under very difficult conditions due to the China / USA trade conflict, Brexit and tensions in the Middle East. In 2020 the effects of Covid-19 is still having a widespread negative effect on the global wool market and the entire supply chain. 
The Board of Directors have authorized a dividend payment of 7% to the shareholders of record date December 31, 2019. The company has always paid a dividend and it has been 7% annually since 1999. The Shareholder Wool Shipper Loyalty Reward Program (SWSLRP) will remain at the rate of 7 cents per pound on the 2019 wool clip. Full details of these programs can be found on the company website www.wool.ca. For a report on the current wool market and our business update – https://wool.ca/page/wool-market-reports.
2020 recorded our 102nd year in business. In 2021 the Annual General Meeting will be held in Prince George, British Columbia from October 14th – 16th.
Ruth Mathewson continuera à être la représentante du CCWG auprès de la Fédération canadienne du mouton en 2021. Nous remercions sincèrement Warren L. Moore, Ward Harden et Gary J. Fox qui quittent le conseil d'administration en 2020. Nous les remercions pour leurs nombreuses années d'excellent service.
Pour l'exercice financier se terminant le 29 février 2020, la coopérative a enregistré des ventes brutes d'un peu moins de 10,3 millions, ce qui représente une diminution de 11,1% par rapport à l'année précédente. Un bénéfice net de 257 101 $ provenant de toutes les activités commerciales a été réalisé. La majeure partie de la baisse peut être attribuée à la baisse des ventes de laine et au report des stocks de laine classée invendus à l'exercice suivant. . En 2019, tout le monde dans le secteur de la laine a opéré dans des conditions très difficiles en raison du conflit commercial Chine / États-Unis, du Brexit et des tensions au Moyen-Orient. En 2020, les effets du Covid-19 continuent d'avoir un effet négatif généralisé sur le marché mondial de la laine et sur l'ensemble de la chaîne d'approvisionnement.
Le conseil d'administration a autorisé le versement d'un dividende de 7% aux actionnaires inscrits au 31 décembre 2019. La société a toujours versé un dividende, qui est de 7% par an depuis 1999. Le programme de fidélisation des actionnaires pour les expéditeurs de laine (SWSLRP) restera au taux de 7 cents la livre sur les toisons de laine de 2019. Tous les détails de ces programmes peuvent être trouvés sur le site Web de l'entreprise www.wool.ca. Pour un rapport sur le marché actuel de la laine et notre mise à jour commerciale - https://wool.ca/page/wool-market-reports.
2020 a marqué notre 102e année d'activité. En 2021, l'assemblée générale annuelle se tiendra à Prince George, en Colombie-Britannique, du 14 au 16 octobre.

2019 Certificate of Merit 
Certificat de mérite 2019

For excellence in commercial wool production
pour l’excellence de la production commerciale de laine

Renald Gagnon - 144 Rg Choigniere, ST-Alphonse de Granby QC J0E 2A0

Gary Lapier - 10261 Hwy 43, Mountain ON K0E 1S0
Elwood Palmateer - 165 Mud Cat Rd, Foxboro ON K0K 2B0
Nathaniel Skinner - Box 402, Cartwright MB R0K 0L0
Green Pastures Farm, Guy Bouchard - Box 1, Gardenton MB R0A 0M0
Shearer/Tonteur: Pauline Bolay
Spring Water Colony - Box 38, Ruthilda SK S0K 3S0
Tim & Erika James - Box 522, Asquith SK S0K 0J0
Pituley Livestock Inc., Elwood Pituley - Box 65 Killdeer Site, Rockglen SK S0H 3R0
Shearers/Tonteurs: Matt Knelsen, Jeremy Pituley, Ward Harden
JK Ranch, Gloria Kimber-Jacklin - Box 188, Abbey SK S0N 0A0 
Spring Point Colony - Box 249, Pincher Creek AB T0K 2W0
Shearers/Tonteurs: Colony Shearers & Dave Carlson
Delwyn Weaver - RR 2, Wetaskiwin AB T9A 1W9
Shearer/Tonteur: Duane O'Brien
British Columbia
Hani & Theresa Gasser - Box 801 McBride BC V0J 2E0 
Shearers/Tonteurs: Isa & Hani Gasser
John & Lorraine Buchanan - 4335 Lindhilm Rd., Victoria BC V9C 3Y7 


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CCWG Wool Market and Business Update – Fall 2020

Written by CCWG Thursday, October 15, 2020

2019 / 20 Wool Market Update

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In 2019 we reported that the global wool market was under extreme pressure due to the ongoing China / USA trade conflict.  This created widespread uncertainty and indecision throughout the entire global wool supply chain and value chain partners. The end result was that new business was very difficult to conclude and many countries carried significant stock of greasy wool, processed wool and unsold textiles into the 2020 wool marketing season. The consensus at the time was that better marketing conditions would prevail, there was optimism of better days ahead with continued progress being made on a new China / USA trade agreement.
When the news broke in January 2020 just prior to the Chinese New Year that a highly contagious virus had been identified in Wuhan City, China it became a game changer.  Little did we know of the significant ramifications that it would have on our everyday life as it quickly spread around the globe.  By mid March most countries were implementing some form of lock down policy along with strict health and safety protocols to try and control the Covid-19 pandemic.
Non-essential business which included retail clothing shops faced closure and employees were furloughed, or laid off in vast numbers.  In an unprecedented situation, the global wool market came to a virtual standstill as auctions in most countries and other wool services were cancelled or suspended.  In the textile industry it meant widespread mill closures with many more operating at significantly reduced capacity.  Even today it is far from business as usual with many mills struggling to survive.  In addition, mills were faced with high inventories due to widespread cancellation of orders and a lack of new business.  The consequences of this resulted in a complete back up of the entire wool supply chain. It is not surprising when you consider that clothing does not become a high priority during a pandemic situation.  
Further compounding this problem was the cancellation or restriction of travel and most business / social events throughout the year worldwide.  It cannot be underestimated how the significance of Covid-19 control measures has eroded consumer demand and disrupted the entire textile industry.  An exception to this in some cases appears to be better marketing opportunities for handknitting yarns and wool handicrafts, no doubt due to people looking for more at home activities.  Although consumer confidence had been at an all time low there are signs that this is slowly starting to improve which is encouraging.
At the present time we are now facing the inevitable second wave of Covid and a return to some of the restrictions that had been previously lifted.  The unknown factor is when can we reasonably expect a return to our previous normal way of life.  As a guide we can look at the progress that China has made. In China every day life seems to be very much back to normal now and has been for quite some time.  This was very evident during their recent Mid Moon Festival which is a national holiday in China from October 1st – 8th.  On the other hand business in China is still facing very difficult conditions, especially for export opportunities as the rest of the world continues to battle Covid.

CCWG Business Update

Covid-19 has had a negative impact on CCWG but fortunately we have been able to mitigate our risk due to the diversification of our business.
Our wool business has been most affected but we continue to receive wool at all locations and to grade wool at Carleton Place so that we have the product ready when there is a marketing opportunity.  Until there is evidence of more improvement and stability in the marketplace our policy will still be to accept wool on a consignment basis only until further notice.  We regret the necessity of this decision but it is the only realistic option at this time based on present conditions.  There is a cost effective plan in place to increase our temporary wool storage capacity at Carleton Place if it becomes necessary.  The company is well positioned to participate in a wool market recovery when it occurs, having long term business relationships with our valued customers in Canada and a network of international buyers in seven other countries.  We will have to be patient, there are no predictions at this time of a quick rebound in the market. It goes without saying that wool market improvement will be contingent on demand from China.
Our retail business comprised of CCWG Livestock Supplies, Premier Choix Agricole and Real Wool Shop continue to achieve positive financial results for the company with good growth in sales and profitability.  Work continues on updating our ecommerce as we develop efficient and user friendly platforms for marketing our wide range of products.  Staff have implemented a number of recommendations from the marketing study that was completed last year.  In particular there has been a focus on strategies to maximize social media marketing opportunities.
Covid-19 has been an extraordinary experience for everyone that we will not soon forget.  You do what you have to in order to survive.  CCWG staff have done an outstanding job of coping and adapting our business under these difficult conditions.  It has not been easy to comply with all the health and safety requirements for sanitizing, social distancing, masks etc.  Sincere appreciation is extended to all staff including grading, administration and retail for the excellent co-operation and effort that has been made at all CCWG locations to ensure customer and staff safety.  We are also pleased to report that there has been minimal disruption in the employment of the companies fifty staff members across the country.
Heading for 2021 we look forward to better times and new opportunities.  It will require carefully calculated and planned business decisions with minimal risk exposure for the foreseeable future.  We would be remiss if we did not also thank our loyal customers for their continued patronage.


Respectfully submitted,

Eric Bjergso
General Manager