February 8, 2008
February 8, 2008 - After more than 50 years of service to California's sheep industry, Cal-Wool Marketing will be discontinuing its operations. As the board of directors looked to the future, it realized that the cooperative had to move more wool than it was collecting throughout the area to stay financially healthy.
An agreement was reached between Cal-Wool and Roswell Wool in Roswell, N.M., to collect and purchase the California wools. John Mackenzie, Cal-Wool manager, will continue through May 2008 to assist with the transition and to introduce Roswell Wool to members and producers in California.
"On behalf of the board of directors, and after 50 plus years in operation, it is hard to find the words to express our gratefulness towards the wool and sheep industry, and the American Sheep Industry Association, in particular," said Mackenzie. "By continuing to focus on the best interests of the wool growers in California, we planned a transition for the future by developing drop-off points for their wools and I will be available until May to assist Roswell's warehouse and the producers with the shift."
Like the last two years, Roswell Wool will maintain the drop off points at Ukiah, Dunnigan, Firebaugh and Bakersfield as well as the pick up point at Rio Vista.
Cal-Wool has been testing its wool for quality, micron, yield, length and strength to target sales into the international markets. Because of Roswell Wool's reputation of reaching out to the international markets, the Cal-Wool board felt that an agreement with Roswell would be the best fit for its members.
"Roswell Wool is excited about this endeavor and we hope to make this as smooth of a transition as possible for the wool producers in California," commented Mike Corn, general manager for Roswell Wool. "We have had two successful years of marketing the wools for Cal-Wool and we feel that the system has worked well."
"We greatly appreciate John's willingness to stay on through May to help with the transition," continued Corn. "We encourage producers to call John as they have in the past. It is our plan to have a new field representative in place in the next few weeks who will be able to work side-by-side with John. This is a unique opportunity where John can introduce the new representative and help build relationships with each of the producers."