The Kentucky Sheep and Wool Producers and the Tennessee Sheep Producers Associations collaborate each year to conduct a Wool Pool.
What is a Wool Pool?
A wool pool is a way of marketing like grades of wool together for a set price.The purpose of the Wool Pool is to cut out the "middle man" and provide a wool buyer a volume of wool that has been graded and bundled in bales. The buyer, in turn, offers the producers a higher per pound price because the Pool did the grading and baling for them.
To learn more about the Wool Pool, check out the FAQs below.
Thank you to all the producers who participated in this year's pool!
$0.50/lb Black Face
$0.50/lb White Face
$0.40/lb Short (lamb)
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Wool Pool FAQs
Who can sell at the wool pool?
Anyone who can bring wool to the pool can participate. The Wool Pool is a service offered to members of our associations, therefore if you are not a current Kentucky Sheep and Wool Producers or Tennessee Sheep Producers member, you will be asked to join prior to selling in the Pool.
Why do I have to pay $0.04/lb to sell my wool?
The fee is charged to pay for the cost of running the pool- bags, transportation, etc.
What are the receiving times?
Receiving times vary based on location. Times will be posted prior to the pool. Receiving is generally only for about 4 hours at each location.
Do the prices for the wool change each year?
The prices on the wool are determined by the highest bid obtained via contract between the TN Sheep Producers and the wool buyer. The prices are made known prior to the wool pool.
What is the difference between the different wool grades?
The grading of the wool is very simple. Black face wool comes from black/dark face breeds (Hampshire, Suffolk, Shropshire, Southdown, etc, and crosses of these breeds. White face wool comes from white face breeds (Dorset, Corriedale, Columbia, Cheviot, etc and crosses of white face breeds) Black wool is any wool that is not pure white or has any black fibers in it. Burry wool is contaminated with cockleburrs. Short wool would include any of your solid white lamb fleeces or any short staple wool. Lamb wool from dark face breeds will be graded as black wool, not short.
Who is the buyer of the wool?
Keese International won the bid for this year's wool pool. Keese International is a wool buying company out of Texas. They have been the successful bidder for the last several years.
What makes the wool pool a good place to market my wool?
The Tennessee Wool Pool has received a good price in recent years which is due to the associations efforts to market a quality product. This effort includes careful grading, eliminating hair or kemp from the wool, avoiding mixing dark wool fibers in the white wool, and marketing clean wool. Please keep these points in mind as you prepare your wool clip for this year's wool pool. Baling of the wool has also made the pool more attractive to buyers. Baling makes the wool easier to handle and ship.
Is there anything in my wool that could make it not sell at the wool pool?
Do not bring wool that is contaminated with hair. Hair will not be accepted. Wool bags that contain hair and wool together will be rejected. It is important to maintain the integrity of the pool. If we sell wool bales that are contaminated with hair, the buyers will not bid on the wool in future years.
Can the wool be wet?
Do not bring wet wool to the pool. If your wool does get wet, it can easily and quickly be dried if it is taken out of the bag and left in the sun and wind to dry for a few hours.
Can wool with sheep marking paint be sold at the pool?
Yes, the paint can be scoured out of the wool.
Can we sell lamb wool?
Lamb wool is acceptable. However, make sure you do not put black hairs and/or wool in with white wool. Lamb wool from black face breeds will receive the black wool grade.
Does the fleece from each sheep have to be in one piece like it was shorn by a professional?
The wool is not sold by individual fleece. Therefore, it does not matter if you shear on a stand and the fleece is shorn into pieces. All of the wool is baled once it is weighed and graded. The wool is easier to handle when loading it into the balers if it is in one piece.
What should I bring my wool in?
It is preferred that wool be brought to the pool in burlap or plastic wool bags. Do not bring wool in plastic/poly feed bags or tied with plastic twine. You can order bags from Mid States Wool. We estimate that for 35 head, you will need 2 bags.
I have a commercial herd with some black faced sheep. Can I mix my wool with “black faced” wool?
Keep white-faced wool separated from “black faced” wool. Do not “hide” black wool in lamb or burry wool bags. Black wool contamination will cause the entire bag to be classified as black wool
How long do I need to volunteer when I bring my wool to the pool?
To efficiently manage the pool and get the wool baled, consignors are asked to have the "volunteer" spirit and help bale the wool. Staying and working for 30 minutes to an hour will greatly help the labor load.