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Wool

2015 Wool Clip

Please ring +44 1624 451220 with any queries or to check times for wool intake.

Grading, Shipping and Sale Schedule

Grading period Baling period Shipping date Sale date
1 7 September until 25 September 28 September until 16 October 16 October 10 November 2015
2 19 October until the 6 November 9 November until 27 November 27 November 15 December 2015
3 30 November until the 18 December 4 January until 22 January 22 January 16 February 2016
4 25 January until the 12 February* 15 February until the 26 February 26 February 15 March 2016

*Last grading may be subject to change dependant on the volume of wool.

Christmas break is from the 18 December to the 4 January 2016.

Wool Control provides a service to sheep farmers by offering a guaranteed market for their wool.

The Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture purchases nearly all wool produced on the Island. A small amount of this is sold locally - for example to the Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers. The bulk - about 150,000 kg per year - is sold at auction in Bradford, West Yorkshire.

After sheep are clipped, their wool is collected and stored by local merchants. Between the months of September and April the wool is brought into the Wool Control to be graded and packed, ready to be shipped off the Island.

Manx wool may be graded into any of 14 categories. The finer grades are worth more money since they can usually be sold for use as hand-knitting yarn, tweeds or blankets, and mattress and futon manufacture. Wool from lowland cross-bred or hill sheep is usually used in carpet manufacture.

Coloured wool can be awkward to dye, which restricts its market to grey or dark coloured yarn or carpets.

From production on farms, Manx wool can end up in many different parts of the world: Japan, China, USA, Italy, Scotland and Australia to name but a few.

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