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Woolgrowers to host sheep events


Sheep producers, mark your calendars for June 5 and June 18. David Miller, Southeast Colorado Woolgrowers Association president, announced that the association will host a Community Shearing Day on June 5 and a Wool Pool on June 18.

The Community Shearing Day will be held at the Arkansas Valley Fairgrounds 4-H Barn in Rocky Ford beginning at 8:30 a.m. To reserve a spot, producers need to contact Janet Golden, CSU Extension in Rocky Ford, with a total number of sheep--white face or black face, ewes or rams. The estimated cost, which will need to cover the barn rent, will be at least $6 per animal, depending on the total count for the day. Organizers will assign producers a time to get their sheep to the fairgrounds. Producers within 30 miles needing help in transporting their sheep to the site can contact Golden. Additional charges will be assessed for fuel. The total number of sheep accepted for the day will be limited.

Miller noted that the shearing day allows many producers with smaller flocks to take their animals to the fairgrounds at an appointed time to have them sheared by a professional crew. The wool can automatically be submitted for the Wool Pool or returned to the producer.

On June 18, Cynthia and Gary Zwick will host the SECWGA Wool Pool at their farm just north of Fowler--34450 Highway 167. The Pool will run from 9 a.m. to noon. All wool must be bagged in approved sacks or bales and separated into black face wool, white face wool, tags/bellies, and black wool. Producers who do not have enough to fill a bag or bale can bring the wool to the site and have it weighed and bagged with like wool. Producers are expected to stay and help get their wool bagged. The association will solicit bids on wool from various buyers with the award going to the bidder with the best deal for producers. Once the SECWGA receives the payment, it will send checks to all participating producers. Marketing charges are 15 cents per pound for non-SECWGA members. Members will not have the marketing charge. If a producer is interested in joining the SECWGA, membership dues are $25 per year, to be paid on or before the Wool Pool collection date.

The Southeast Colorado Woolgrowers Association is open to any producer who raises sheep in Southeast Colorado including the mountains, foothills, and plains in this part of the state. For further information on both of these events, contact David Miller, 719-462-5255; Cynthia Zwick, 719-263-4325, or Janet Golden, 719-384-4146.

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