Covid-19 Wool Market Update

Written by CCWG Monday, April 27, 2020

COVID-19 WOOL MARKET UPDATE

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major negative impact on the global wool market which has virtually come to a standstill. Numerous mills around the world are closed along with others involved in the wool supply chain. Most of the major wool producing countries with the exception of Australia have recently suspended wool auctions as steps are being taken to flatten the curve and control the virus on a worldwide basis. Global demand for raw wool was weak before Covid-19 restrictions were imposed for travel, social, and commerce. As a result wool trading conditions have continued to deteriorate or are non existent at the present time due to the high level of uncertainty that exists in the marketplace.

At CCWG we are still accepting wool at our branch and wool depot locations. Producers are encouraged to call ahead to book a wool delivery appointment. The Carleton Place wool grading facility continues to operate so that graded wool is ready for shipment when there is an opportunity to sell.  Wool will be accepted on a consignment basis only until further notice.  Initial payments will not be available at this time until there is some stability in the marketplace and we have a clearer picture on sale prospects and market values. Additional information and updates can be found on www.wool.ca and the company Facebook pages at all branch locations.

  1.  Covid-19 update for on farm service providers https://wool.ca/page/shearers  https://wool.ca/page/wool-depots
  2. CCWG and Coronavirus – update https://wool.ca/blog/category/company-news

Our best wishes to everyone, please stay healthy and safe.

Thank you,
Eric Bjergso
General Manager

Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers Limited  WWW.WOOL.CA

CCWG Livestock Supplies – Carleton Place
https://wool.ca/page/shop-our-online-stores 
https://www.facebook.com/ccwgcarletonplace

Premier Choix Agricole - CCWG Livestock Supplies – Saint Hyacinthe
https://www.premier-choix.ca
https://www.facebook.com/premierchoixagricole

CCWG Livestock Supplies – Cookstown
https://www.facebook.com/CCWGCookstown

CCWG Livestock Supplies – Lethbridge
https://www.facebook.com/CCWGLethbridge

The Real Wool Shop
https://realwoolshop.ca
https://www.facebook.com/RealWoolShop


CCWG & Coronavirus

Written by CCWG Thursday, March 19, 2020

CCWG and Coronavirus - update 

Dear Family, Friends, Loyal Customers and Staff,

We all know too well the effects that Covid-19 (Coronavirus) has had on 
our communities across the country and around the world. We have been closely monitoring statements from the national and provincial Chief Medical Officers and other Government officials and conducting our business operations accordingly.
 
Our company has already implemented significant steps to minimize the health and safety risks to both our staff, customers whilst still servicing customers. We have invoked social distancing policies as well as increased cleaning and sanitization of our facilities and equipment. We have also made available easy access to hygiene products at all of our locations.  
 
Customer access to our retail stores will be restricted. The Real Wool Shop will be closed effective immediately until further notice, but some staff will be retained to process phone and online orders. Phone orders can also be picked up at the branch locations. Online orders will continue to be shipped as per our usual business practice. 
 
Carleton Place Livestock Supplies, Head Office Administration and the Wool Grading Warehouse will continue to operate under our usual hours of business, but public access will be controlled at all locations.
 
We will continue to accept wool deliveries but on a consignment basis only, advance payments will not be issued until further notice. Please contact the CCWG branch or wool depot to book a delivery appointment. 
 
Our staff is doing a fantastic job under such difficult conditions. We believe we have a good game plan for the present situation. We do not anticipate any interruptions in customer service. We thank everyone for their support and co-operation. We will continue to monitor and assess on a day-by-day basis and respond accordingly if the situation changes. Our goal is the best option for the health of our customers, communities, friends, families and loved ones.  
 
To receive up-to-date information, please call our locations, visit our websites, Follow Us on Facebook or Instagram. Links are below. The situation is certainly moving fast and this is currently the best method to be made aware of any changes.
 
We thank you for your loyalty, patience and understanding during this difficult time.
 
Please stay healthy and safe!
 

Thank you,

Eric Bjergso,
General Manager

 
Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers Limited
www.wool.ca 

CCWG Livestock Supplies – Carleton Place
https://wool.ca/page/shop-our-online-stores
https://www.facebook.com/ccwgcarletonplace

Premier Choix Agricole - CCWG Livestock Supplies – Saint Hyacinthe
https://www.premier-choix.ca
https://www.facebook.com/premierchoixagricole

CCWG Livestock Supplies – Cookstown
https://www.facebook.com/CCWGCookstown

CCWG Livestock Supplies – Lethbridge
https://www.facebook.com/CCWGLethbridge

The Real Wool Shop:
https://realwoolshop.ca
https://www.facebook.com/RealWoolShop

 

Posted in Company News

'Made to last': More than 100 years old, Canadian wool company thrives in changing knitting market

Written by Heather Barrett - CBC Tuesday, February 18, 2020

'Made to last': More than 100 years old, Canadian wool company thrives in changing knitting market

Briggs & Little survives by keeping its yarn and its business old school, natural and on a small scale

Heather Barrett · Posted: Feb 14, 2020 4:14 PM ET | Last Updated: February 14 
 
Mike Little, the fourth-generation owner-operator of Briggs & Little, with his sons John and C.J., who work on the factory floor.
From left to right: Mike Little, the fourth-generation owner-operator of Briggs & Little, with his sons John and C.J., who work on the factory floor. (Heather Barrett/CBC)
 
Briggs & Little's knitting yarn is a bit scratchy and has a faint whiff of its barnyard origins. 
 
But in today's $2.8-billion North American knitting market, both the yarn and the small Canadian company that makes it have proved to be surprisingly durable. 
 
"Part of the appeal to our customers is that we're just real people like anyone else," said John Little, the recently retired, third-generation owner and operator of the family-run company.
 
Located in York Mills, N.B., the mill started in 1857 and changed ownership and names over the years. In 1916, the business became Briggs & Little Woolen Mills Ltd., making it Canada's oldest continuously-operating woollen mill and one of the few remaining woollen mills left in North America.
 
The first thing you notice when you enter Briggs & Little's woollen mill is the smell of wet sheep. 
 
"After a while you'll grow to really like it," laughed Mike Little, the mill's current owner-operator, and John's son. Mike is the fourth-generation Little to run the mill. 
 

John Little, the third-generation owner-operator of Briggs & Little Woolen Mills Ltd., in front of the mill's world headquarters in York Mills, near Harvey Station, N.B. Pictured at right: Briggs & Little yarn ready to be shipped to customers.

John Little, the third-generation owner-operator of Briggs & Little Woolen Mills Ltd., in front of the mill's world headquarters in York Mills, near Harvey Station, N.B. Pictured at right: Briggs & Little yarn ready to be shipped to customers. (Heather Barrett/CBC)
 
The mill takes freshly-shorn sheep's wool, most of it from Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers in Carleton Place, Ont., and the rest from individual farmers, and turns it into yarn in a rainbow of colours.  
 

Link to full Briggs & Little story on CBC

Link to download of full story as PDF

 

Posted in Wool News

Canadian Sheep Identification Program Fees Increasing Today

Written by CSF Monday, February 3, 2020

Canadian Sheep Identification Program Fees Increasing Today 

 
For Immediate Release
Ottawa, ON (February 3, 2020) – Effective today, Canadian Sheep Identification Program (CSIP) approved Shearwell tags are subject to program fee increases originally noted in the January 4, 2019, press release.  The earlier release noted that fee increases resulting from the ratification of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) and Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF) would “take place over the course of the next two years, varying by tag type according to the terms of the agreement and as tag inventories are replenished”.
 
The most recent fee increase will affect Shearwell tags at retail outlets starting today, raising the base price of ASET Single tags by $0.10/tag and ASET Double tags by $0.10/pair.
 
   
The Canadian Sheep Federation is Canada’s legitimate national sector-wide producer organization representing 100% of Canadian sheep production by virtue of our members, programs and policies. 
 
To learn more about the Canadian Sheep Identification Program and sheep traceability in Canada visit our website at www.cansheep.ca, the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency website at www.canadaid.ca and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website at www.inspection.gc.ca/animal-health/terrestrial-animals/traceability/eng/1300461751002/1300461804752.