Wool Growers thrive amid global downturn

Written by Tom Van Dusen Friday, January 17, 2020

The century old woolgrowers'  co-op has seen sales rise even as global demand has dropped.

Carleton Place - Although it depends on an international market which has been experiencing “rough ride”, Canadian Co-Operative Wool Grower continues to post warm and fuzzy numbers. 
“Wool prices have been quite volatile which has created chaotic conditions for mills and de-valued inventories,” says CCWG General Manager, Eric Bjergso. “European processors have reported consumer demand has dropped by more than 20 per cent due to trade and economic uncertainty.”
Within this context, in the last fiscal, CCWG recorded gross sales of more than $11.5 million representing an increase of 11.2 % over the previous fiscal while achieving net income of $514,135 from all business operations.
In terms of wool production, a 9.7 % increase was recorded.
Profitablility was up at CCWG retail locations across the land to the tune of9.7 % over the previous discal year; as a result of the respectable numbers, the board of directors once again authourized a dividend payment o 7% to all shareholders.
 
During the 2019 Annual General Meeting, CCWG’s Eric Bjergso (centre) mingles with representatives of Briggs & Little Woolen Mills of New Brunswick which has been doing business with the co-operative for more than 70 years.
 

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Canadian shearer set a new world shearing record in a Waikato woolshed in New Zealand

Written by Angie Skerrett - NewsHub Monday, December 9, 2019

Congratulations to Pauline Bolay!

A Canadian shearer who set a new world shearing record in a Waikato woolshed on Saturday has paid tribute to a New Zealand shearing couple who were the inspiration for the challenge.
Pauline Bolay, who works for a shearing contractor in Waikaretu, smashed the women's solo eight-hour strongwool lambs record of 507.
Bolay is from a farming family in Fairford, Manitoba, and represented Canada as a shearer at the world shearing and woolhandling championships in Masterton in 2012 and again this year in France.

 

 

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Women's 8 hour Lamb World Record attempt

Written by CCWG Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Pauline Bolay from Manitoba will be in New Zealand for the Women's 8 hour Lamb World Record attempt on December 10, 2019.

Check out her Facebook event and give her your support!
    https://www.facebook.com/events/567922977343625  
 
Pauline Bolay is attempting the solo women’s 8 hour strong wool lamb record currently 507, held by Kerri- Jo Te Huia.
This will be held on Waikaretu Valley Road at a venue still to be decided, Waikaretu, South Auckland, N. Z.
Referees will be: Grant Borchardt (Convener) Australia, Bart Hadfield, Ian Buchanan, Robert McLaren N.Z
For more info, please go to http://shearingrecords.co.nz/
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101st Annual General Meeting

Written by CCWG Friday, November 1, 2019

CCWG 101 year logo

The 101st Annual General Meeting of the 

Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers Limited 

October 19th 2019

Old Orchard Inn & Spa, 153 Greenwich Rd South, Greenwich, Nova Scotia B4P 2R2

2018 Wool Certificate of Merit Winners

2019 Wool Industry News

101st Shareholder Annual Report

Briggs & Little Woolen Mills Ltd at CCWG AGM in NS

Left to right: Mike Little, Leah Little, Eric Bjergso, Brenda Little, John Little
The Littles from Briggs & Little Woolen Mills Ltd in New Brunswick attended the 101st CCWG AGM in Greenwich, NS.
CCWG and Briggs & Little have been doing wool business together for over 70 years.  John Little gave an interesting presentation on the history of Briggs & Little Woolen Mills Ltd. 

 
1st Annual CCWG National Sheep Industry Award
National Sheep Industry Award presented to Brian Greaves
Warren L. Moore, CCWG Director Alberta South presents Brain W. Greaves with the 1st Annual CCWG National Sheep Industry Award in recognition of excellence in contributing to the sheep industry in Canada.
 
Shearers from Atlantic Canada recognized for their long-time service to the sheep industry were as follows: 

Sarah Nettleton, Valdis Peterson, Brian Trenholm

Jonathan Wort accepts the long-time shearing certificate on behalf of  Sarah Nettleton. 

 

 Amber Peterson accepts the long-time shearing certificate on behalf of her father Valdis Peterson. 

 

John Little of Briggs & Little Woolen Mills Ltd presents the long-time shearing certificate to Brian Trenholm.
 
Eric Bjergso, CCWG General Manager presents John Little, Briggs & Little Woolen Mills Ltd with a certificate of appreciation for being a valued partner in the Canadian wool industry.
John also received a limited-edition wool blanket from the MacAusland Woolen Mill in PEI.
 
Staff & Director Retirement Presentations
Donna Zeman – Executive Director, Carleton Place
Lee E. Sexton – CCWG Director, Saskatchewan North
Brian W. Greaves – CCWG Director, Manitoba

 

Left to right :
Lee E. Sexton, retiring CCWG Director Saskatchewan North; Nathan Pappas-Barabe, Wool Grader; Ward Harden, CCWG Director Saskatchewan South

Left to right :
Morgan A. Moore, CCWG Director Manitoba; Brian W. Greaves, retiring CCWG Director Manitoba; Nathan Pappas-Barabe, Wool Grader 

 

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