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CCWG Wool Industry News & 100th AGM

Written by CCWG Monday, November 12, 2018

CCWG Wool Industry News

The CCWG recently held Management and Board of Director meetings at the 100th Annual General Meeting in Carleton Place & Almonte, Ontario on October 18th – 20th, 2018
The 2018 elected Board of Directors are as follows:
Executive Committee
President - David Mastine, St. Felix de Kingsey, QC
1st Vice President - Lee E. Sexton, Hanley, SK
2nd Vice President - Allan E. Ribbink, Tiverton, ON
- Roma H. Tingle, Prince George, BC

Additional Directors on the Board are as follows:
Warren L. Moore, Stavely, AB (Audit Committee)
Ward Harden, Fir Mountain, SK  (Audit Committee)
Ruth Mathewson, Central North River, NS (Audit Committee)
Gary J. Fox, Bloomfield, ON
Brian W. Greaves, Miniota, MB

For the fiscal year ending February 28, 2018 the co-operative recorded gross sales of almost 10.4 million which represents an increase of 2.5% from the previous year.  Net income of $425,599 from all business operations was achieved. 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% compared to the previous fiscal year. Canadian wool is currently being marketed to 6 countries, but China remains the major export destination for all wool types. Profitability was up at all retail locations with overall sales increasing by 9.2%. In terms of revenue ratio, the past year reflected 25% (wool) and 75% (retail).
The Board of Directors have authorized a dividend payment of 7% to the shareholders of record date December 31, 2017. 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 2017 wool clip. Full details of these programs can be found on the company website For a report on the current wool market and our business update - In other news, a thorough review and evaluation of the company’s long term strategic business plan was completed by the Board of Directors and Management team. 
2018 marked our 100th year in business which is a significant milestone to reach. To celebrate this event an evening banquet featuring fresh Ontario lamb was held at the North Lanark Agricultural Hall in Almonte, Ontario with 200 guests in attendance. In 2019 the Annual General Meeting will be held in Truro, Nova Scotia from October 17th – 19th.

The national Wool Certificate of Merit recipients for 2017 were announced as follows:

Atlantic - 
Paul & Ann Cullingworth, Scotsburn, NS
Shearer / Tondeur - Eric Sullivan
Saskatchewan - 
Heidi Clarke – Willow Island Farm, Saskatoon, SK
Shearers / Tondeurs - Bill & Heidi Clarke

Québec -
Christian & Marina Bellaar-Spruyt, Alcove
Shearers / Tondeurs - Tom Redpath & David St-Onge

Bonny & Norman Lee, Pangman, SK
Shearer / Tondeur - Cliff Metheral 

Ontario -
David Anderson – Andelin Farms, Orillia, ON
Shearer / Tondeur - Don Metheral

Dale & Dawn Montgomery, Maple Creek, SK
Shearer / Tondeur - Cliff Metheral
Ken Thompson – Island Meadow Family Farm, Demorestville, ON
Shearer / Tondeur - Ruco Braat
Richard & Wanda Perrault, Val Marie, SK
Shearers / Tondeurs - Lorrie Reed & Crew
Jim Johnston – Pasture Hill Farm, New Liskeard, ON
Shearers / Tondeurs - Gerald Gemmill, Jonas Ouellette, William Rousseau
Alberta - 
Jordon Preston, Vauxhall, AB
Shearers / Tondeurs - John Beasley, Shaun Fajnor, Dwight Galenzoski, Paul Preston
Manitoba - 
Rupert Durose - Duck Paddle Farm, Plumas, MB
Shearer / Tondeur - Rupert Durose

Shannon & Don Horkoff, Vulcan, AB
Shearer / Tondeur - Jeff Fielding 

Rupert Durose - Duck Paddle Farm, Plumas, MB
Shearer / Tondeur - Rupert Durose
British Columbia
Dennis Gellings, Dawson Creek, BC
Shearers / Tondeurs - South Peace Colony, Birch Hills Colony
Steve & Jeanette Lewis, McAuley, MB
Shearer / Tondeur - Steve Lewis

The following shearers were recognized for their long time service to the sheep industry.

Nicole Blanchard, L’Epiphanie, QC
Ross Creighton, Clayton, ON
Geraldine Heffernan, Indian River, ON
Bruce McEwen, Foresters Falls, ON
Richard Metheral, Glen Huron, ON
Judy Miller-Shelley, Hanover, ON
Steve Shelley, Hanover, ON

Tom Redpath, Ayres Cliff, QC
John Farrell, Wingham, ON
Jerry Kelleher, York, ON
Donald Metheral, Glen Huron, ON
Ruco Braat, Bailieboro, ON
Terry Spicer, Madoc, ON
Robert Worden, Courtice, ON
Peter Kudelka, Mitchell, ON

Staff & Director retirement presentations

James McNeely, Wool Superintendent, Carleton Place
John Woodburn, CCWG Director, Alberta North

CCWG 100th AGM Banquet held at North Lanark Agricultural Hall
Almonte, ON - October 20, 2018


2017 Wool Certificate of Merit
David & Elizabeth Anderson, Andelin Farms from Orillia, ON
Presented by Allan Ribbink – CCWG Director Ontario West & Patrick Lamothe – Carleton Place Wool Grader


2017 Wool Certificate of Merit
Warren Moore – CCWG Director Alberta South presents the Certificate of Merit to Grant Preston, Mount Forest, ON
on behalf of his grandson Jordan Preston from Vauxhall, AB

Shearers recognized for long time service to the sheep industry
Left to right, front row: Judy Miller-Shelley, Jerry Kelleher, Ross Creighton, Terry Spicer, Bruce McEwen, Nicole Blanchard.
Left to right, back row: Steve Shelley, Tom Redpath, Ruco Braat, Richard Metheral, John Farrell, Peter Kudelka, Eric Bjergso – CCWG General Manager
Absent – Geraldine Heffernan, Donald Metheral, Robert Worden

CCWG staff attending the 100th AGM & Banquet

CCWG 2018/19 Board of Directors
Left to right: 
Gary Fox, Allan Ribbink, Warren Moore, Ruth Mathewson, Ward Harden,
David Mastine, Lee Sexton, Eric Bjergso, Brian Greaves, Roma Tingle

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Promotions at the Carleton Place Wool Grading Warehouse

Written by CCWG Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Following the recent retirement of James McNeely, Carleton Place Wool Superintendent, the following promotions at the Carleton Place Wool Grading Warehouse become effective today October 24, 2018.

Nathan Pappas-Barabe & Patrick Lamothe will work together and assume equal responsibilities as wool graders and warehouse supervisors. Daily wool grading will be completed on a rotating basis by each grader.

The warehouse staff supervisor duties will include overseeing logistics’ such as shipping, receiving, lot sorting, wool coring, health and safety etc. All warehouse wool grading staff will report directly to Nathan and Pat.

Promotions à l'entrepôt de classement de la laine de Carleton Place

À la suite du récent départ à la retraite de James McNeely, contrôleur en chef de la laine à Carleton Place, les promotions suivantes à l'entrepôt de classement de la laine de Carleton Place entrent en vigueur aujourd'hui le 24 octobre 2018.

Nathan Pappas-Barabe et Patrick Lamothe vont travailler ensemble et assumer des responsabilités égales en tant que classificateur de laine et superviseur d'entrepôt. Le classement quotidien de la laine sera effectué en rotation par chaque classificateur.

Les tâches du superviseur du personnel de l’entrepôt comprendront la supervision de la logistique, comme l’envoi, la réception, le tri des lots, la santé et la sécurité, etc. Tout le personnel de classement de la laine en entrepôt relèvera directement de Nathan et Pat.

Nathan Pappas-Barabe & Patrick Lamothe, CP wool graders and warehouse supervisors

Left to right: David Banbury, Nathan Pappas-Barabe, David Smith, Eric Bjergso, Pat Lamothe, Alan Davidson-Cummings, Eddie Banks, Troy Latham


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Learn about the Canadian Wool Industry with Eric Bjergso from the Canadian Co-Operative Wool Growers Limited.

Written by Elisabeth van Delden Thursday, October 4, 2018

Eric Bjergso introduces us to the Canadian sheep and wool industry.

In his interview, Eric provides insights into the history of the Canadian wool industry, sheep breeds and wool qualities. He describes the challenges and opportunities Canadian wool growers are faced with and how the Co-operative is supporting its members in the same.

About Eric Bjergso

Eric Bjergso is the General Manager of the Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers Limited. Eric is a graduate of the Agricultural College. He joined the Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers Limited in 1976 and has been the General Manager since 1983.

Listen to the episode:

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30th Nanjing Wool Market Conference and Wool Trade Fair

Written by CCWG Friday, September 28, 2018

Eric Bjergso, CCWG General Manager attended the 30th Nanjing Wool Market Conference and Wool Trade Fair on September 11th – 13th in Nanjing Jiangsu Province, China.

Over 500 delegates were registered from the Chinese and international wool trade.

Participants include growers, traders, primary processors, spinners, weavers and garment manufacturers. It provided an excellent opportunity for all international delegates to meet with China’s biggest wool buyers and processors, all in one place. Contracts were negotiated for 700,000 pounds of graded and objectively measured Canadian wool.


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Lethbridge AB Branch Celebrates our 100th Birthday

Written by CCWG Friday, August 17, 2018

Happy 100th Birthday Party in Lethbridge, AB

Happy 10th Birthday CCWG

Stop by for some cake


Stay for the BBQ

CCWG 100th birthday party BBQ

Colouring contest for our 100th birthday party

Colouring Contest for kids, put your name in for the draws!

CCWG Lethbridge decorated for our 100th birthday party

Find a deal of the century!

Sale of the Century

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