This year's winner of the Wool Excellence Award, as chosen by the American Sheep Industry Association's (ASI) Wool Roundtable, is Angus McColl, owner of the Yocom-McColl Testing Laboratories, Inc. in Denver, Colo.
"McColl has provided his personal time and experience to the wool trade, from grower to consumer," commented Dan Gutzman, chairman of the Wool Roundtable. "It's now our turn to say thanks."
A lunch in McColl's honor will be held during the ASI Convention in Reno, Nev., on Thursday, Jan. 20. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased when you register for the meeting. The registration form is available at www.sheepusa.org/Annual_Convention.
McColl graduated from the University of Wyoming after emigrating to the United States from Scotland where he was involved in family farming operations. Yocom-McColl Testing Laboratories, Inc. was formed in 1963 by McColl and Ira Yocom as an independent wool and animal fiber testing facility and utilizes American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and International Wool Textile Organization (IWTO) procedures and methods when testing fibers.
McColl has been actively involved in developing equipment for sampling and scouring wool in a commercial testing laboratory environment and has promoted correlation testing in the textile industry. He is currently a member of the ASTM wool committee and has represented the United States at annual technical meetings of the International Wool Testing Organization.
Yocom-McColl helped to develop new standards by measuring wool, mohair, cashmere, llama and alpaca samples to support acceptance of ASTM testing methods.