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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World Sheep Shearing and Woolhandling Championship

Written by Allison Preston Tuesday, August 6, 2019

2019 has been a big year for France on the international stage. 

France was the host nation for the Championnat du Monde de Tonte de Moutons (World Sheep Shearing and Woolhandling Championship). Delegations of 34 countries converged at the village of Le Dorat from July 1st - 8th for a week of events occasionally referred to as the Olympics of shearing.

Canadian Cooperative Wool Growers Limited sponsored veteran worlds competitor Donald Metheral of Ontario and Pauline Bolay of Manitoba as Canada’s machine shearers, as well as a woolhandling team consisting of Amber Peterson of Prince Edward Island and Allison Preston of Alberta.

The week began on July 1st as teams arrived in France and made their way to Limoges a city near Le Dorat for a Speed shear and concert to welcome them. Tuesday, July 2nd, was a training day, with the teams traveling to local farms to practice on the local sheep breeds that would be used in the competition. While competitors were busy preparing: family, friends, and other supporters were offered a selection of farm tours to the area, as Le Dorat is part of the famous Limousine region of France. Wednesday evening a Producers market was held in the center of Le Dorat and many local producers were on hand to showcase their produce. Attendees could buy fresh local: meats, cheeses, fruits, and vegetables, and have them grilled on location to consume at the communal picnic tables. Thursday, July 4th, the competitions began! Amber and Allison competed in the Intermediate All Nations Shearing competition – a competition open to all competitors who registered and came on their own, not just country representatives – as well as the All Nations Senior Woolhandling competition. The All Nations also hosted their first Women’s Shearing event, which saw all three Canadian women compete and Pauline Bolay finish 5th overall.    In the evening the Opening Ceremonies were held and a Parade of Nations culminated with all the teams on stage with their flags, as speeches were given to a full stadium.

July 5th saw the Senior and Open events for All Nations, as well as the opening rounds for the Championship shearing. Pauline sheared well in the Senior All Nations and Don in the All Nation Opens. In the first round of Championships, Don and Pauline started strong and continued to perform well through all three qualifying rounds over the next couple days. Allison and Amber started out solidly and maintained consistent points in both qualifying rounds of woolhandling. While none of the Canadian competitors made the semi-finals on Sunday July 8th, they made Canada proud with Amber Peterson finishing individually at 35th and Allison Preston at 28th out of 43 competitors. Don Metheral claimed 29th spot individually in shearing and Pauline Bolay was the top North American shearer placing 25th.

World Sheep Shearing and Woolhandling Championship - Canadian style

 

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