I am now buying wool, Mohair and Alpaca Fiber
My goal as a wool buyer is to maximize returns for your wool crop. I am now working with multiple buyers to source wool for specific projects and by using the principles of supply and demand I hope to increase competition for your wool and drive up prices. This applies to all grades and colors of wool, mohair and Alpaca. The advantage I can provide is that I can divide up your wool to make sure that you are receiving the maximum price for every grade of wool. Most pools only cater to a single buyer who may only have uses for one or two grades of wool. By marketing your wool through my warehouse, I am able to provide my buyers with a premium local product in exactly the grades of wool they are looking for while puting more money back in farmers pockets.
Commercial Buying as a Last Resort
In 2016, I signed on to buy wool for Groenewold Fur and Wool Company based out of Forreston, Illinois (www.gfwco.com). I was the Maryland Wool Pool Director for three years and during that time I have observed the many different methods that each state and buyer uses to purchase wool. My biggest concern throughout this process was to get the most money for my producers and limit labor and overhead as much as possible.
As I witnessed costs continue to rise during my tenure as Wool Pool Director, along with safety concerns related to heavy equipment operation at the pool, issues related to the Wool Presses and their trailers and a dwindling volunteer base, I made the difficult decision that this method of wool sales is not meeting the needs of our Maryland Sheep Breeder Members. I was also frustrated by my inability to connect producers with higher prices that some or all of their clip deserved. This eventually led me to step down from my position as Wool Pool Director and I now operate as a private wool buyer with the ability to buy and sell wool to many different buyers and through networking and industry contacts I am keeping abreast of the current market trends and fighting for local yarn makers and trying to divert as much wool away from the low prices commercial wool is currently bringing.
Once I established that our system was outdated and inefficient it was very easy for me to sign on to operate as a Buyer for Groenewold as a stop gap measure which allows me to operate as a "Wool Pool" and I have a back up commercial buyer for any wool that I cant find a local buyer for or that may have quality issues that limits its uses.
My wool buying business allows me to purchase wool not only from individuals I get the pleasure of shearing for, but also to allow for wool drop offs throughout the year, to provide flexibility for producers, and to coordinate pick ups from your farms when necessary. My work takes me all over Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Delaware and I am happy to come to farms for wool pickup.
Gronewold does send me a current price list periodically so I can quote you a "rock bottom" price based off your breed and length of wool. I am happy to discuss prices and potential returns for your wool clip at any time. I have been working with Gorenewold for several years now and have found them to be a fair and legitimate purchaser of wool. I feel that by offering this service to my clients and to all sheep producers in the Mid-Atlantic, I can provide not only a better shearing experience for you, relieve you of the hassle of storing wool, and allowing you to get paid quicker for your wool. Groenewold prefers to purchase wool in burlap sausage bags which I can provide to you, square packs and bales are accepted by Groenewold but they do not provide them to me and so it is the responsibility of the producer to purchase them. Woolsacks Inc. located in Fredericksburg, Texas (www.woolsacks-inc.com) is one of the only places to purchase these bags and they can be contacted at (830)-997-9554, if you wish to continue packaging your wool in this manor.
If anyone has any questions about this service and would like more information, do not hesitate to call or email with questions. My goal is to make wool sales as simple as possible for all producers.