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Bowland farmers learn more about wool
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Some of the members from the Bowland Farmers Group, near Clitheroe recently visited the British Wool Marketing Board in Bradford to find out more about what happens to their wool once it leaves their farms.

The farmers were given an introduction to the wool industry and the Board’s work from shearing training, grading and the auction system by BWMB Producer Communications Manager Gareth Jones. Examples of wool in the different stages of the process were displayed from greasy wool, scoured wool, carded wool as well as yarn and examples of wool products. A visit to the North of England Wools grading depot in Bradford followed, were producers saw wool being graded, packed and tested before being allocated to sale in one of the 18 electronic auctions held by the BWMB – farmers were also able to experience a live auction as the 13th sale of the 2014 season took place during their visit.

In the afternoon, a visit to Haworth Scouring Limited took place to see the next stage of the process where the wool is washed and scoured before being processed into a number of various woollen based products – from carpets, rugs, soft furnishings to cloth and insulation.

Danny Wood a sheep farmer from Bolton by Bowland who attended the visit said, “I found the day fascinating and it gave us a much better insight into what happens to our product once it leaves the farm”.

“Having the opportunity to learn more about the wool chain and understand better the BWMB’s important role within the sheep sector was both interesting and valuable’’.

Gareth Jones welcomed the opportunity to work and engage with local wool producers to further raise awareness of the industry and the Board’s activities.

“The group were also talked through the promotion and marketing activity of BWMB’s involvement in the Campaign for Wool - a worldwide movement which has been instrumental in increasing awareness of the many varied qualities of wool and wool products which is helping to stimulate increasing demand.”

Mr Wood added on behalf of the group, the day been invaluable in helping farmers understand the industry better. “I don’t think any of us comprehended how complex the wool supply chain is once the wool has left the sheep’s back. We really enjoyed the presentations and visits and thank the BWMB for giving us an insight into the wool industry. When shearing time comes round from now on, we’ll think twice about where the fleeces will be going and the processes that they will be going through’’.



Members from the Bowland Farmers Group, near Clitheroe attending the BWMB’s Wool Process Tour


For further information

Please contact

Gareth Jones, BWMB’s Producer Communications Manager

on 07590 355885 or


Lauren Boulton, BWMB’s Producer Communications Assistant

on 01274 688666 or

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