The American Wool Council (AWC) wants to remind producers that participation in the industry's wool quality programs requires annual self certification. The council continues to encourage all producers to participate in the certified wool clip program in an effort to improve the quality of the U.S. wool clip. The program is designed to let purchasers of U.S. wool know what efforts growers have taken at shearing time to ensure a quality clip.
"The self-certification program requires the producer to submit the declaration and checklist each year," said Ron Cole, American Sheep Industry Association consultant. "An annual re-certification offers producers the opportunity to review the steps that can be followed to improve the quality of a clip and to let the buyers know what steps they have followed at shearing time to prepare their clip."
The certified program points out 10 steps that growers can follow to improve the quality of their clip. A few of the items are: