National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

02 February 2017


Walk the Wool Chain 

British Wool Marketing Board, Sidings Close, Canal Road, BRADFORD, BD2 1AZ

28th February and 14th November 2017

  • Find out how your Wool Board works for you
  • Walk the wool processing chain from fleece to end product
  • Hear tips from British Wool Marketing Board experts 

This is a free event open to a maximum of 12 YFC members - first-come, first-served

A farmer-run organisation, the BWMB was established in 1950 to operate a central marketing system for UK fleece wool, with the aim of achieving the best possible net return for producers. The BWMB is also responsible for shearing and related training, marketing and promotional work on behalf of the sheep wool industry.

Day-to-day operations are run from the Board's headquarters in Bradford, with regional offices in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.  You will meet at Wool House for an introductory talk on the role of the marketing board and view the electronic wool auction.  Tour the BWMB’s grading depot in Bradford and travel to a scouring plant (scouring and carding).

Click here to download an application form.


9.45 am              Meet at Wool House, BWMB’s headquarters in Bradford

10.00 am            Welcome, introductory talk and view the electronic wool auction

11.30 am           Visit BWMB’s grading depot in Bradford (North of England Wools) for introductory talk and tour of the depot’s grading processes

12.45 pm           Lunch

1.30 pm              Presentation on the marketing work of the BWMB and the Campaign for Wool

2.00 pm              Travel to scouring plant for a tour of Howarth’s Scouring and Enco laboratory

3.30 pm             Depart Howarth Scouring for close at Wool House

Lizzie Coar, from Lancashire YFC, went on a ‘Walk the Wool Chain’ tour earlier this year:


“I don’t think any of us comprehended how complex the wool supply chain was once the wool left the sheep’s back. The sheer scale of the Bradford depot was incredible and the skill of the graders really amazed us, particularly the fact that a five year apprentice course has to be completed to become a fully trained grader."


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