Tennessee Wool Pool

East TN Drop-off

Jefferson Farmers Co-Op

106 Highway 92, South Dandridge, TN 37725

June 3, 2023

9:00 am – 3 pm EST

Mark Shedden    865-300-0119

The wool pool will be located behind and to the left of the main store/gas pumps in the fertilizer plant.

Middle TN Drop-off

United Farm and Home Co-op

975 Riverview Ln, Columbia, TN 38401

June 15, 2023

Fleeces accepted 9:00 am – 12 pm CST, baling will continue until all wool is baled

Dee Wolters    931-698-8293

The Tennessee Wool Pool has received a better price in recent years which is due to the associations efforts to market a quality product. This effort includes careful grading, eliminating hair or kemp from the wool, avoiding mixing dark wool fibers in the white wool, and marketing clean wool. Please keep these points in mind as you prepare your wool clip for this year’s wool pool.

Baling of the wool has also made the pool more attractive to buyers. Baling makes the wool easier to handle and ship.  After couple years of our balers being in repair we are excited to bring this opportunity back to Tennessee Sheep Producers

Following are some management suggestions for handling your wool:

  • Do not bring wool that is contaminated with hair. Hair will not be accepted. Wool bags that contain hair and wool together will be rejected. It is important to maintain the integrity of the pool. If we sell wool bales that are contaminated with hair, the buyers will not bid on the wool in future years.
  • Do not bring wet wool to the pool. If your wool does get wet, it can easily and quickly be dried if it is taken out of the bag and left in the sun and wind to dry for a few hours.
  • It is preferred that wool be brought to the pool in burlap or plastic wool bags. Do not bring wool in plastic/poly feed bags or tied with plastic twine.
  • Keep white-faced wool separated from “black faced” wool. Do not “hide” black wool in lamb or burry wool bags. Black wool contamination will cause the entire bag to be classified as black wool.

To efficiently manage the pool and get the wool baled, consignors are asked to have the “volunteer” spirit and help bale the wool. Staying and working for 30 minutes to an hour will greatly help the labor load. If everyone pitches in a little, the work load is greatly lessened. Most volunteers find it enjoyable to visit with fellow sheep producers as they help load the balers and move the wool bags.