Increasing the Marketing Efficiency and Profitability of Wyoming's Wool Producers Through Value Adding Under a Local Early Stage Wool

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2006-33610-17354
Agency Tracking Number: 2004-00407
Amount: $296,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Mountain Meadow Wool company, Inc.
22 Meadowlark Lane, Buffalo, WY, 82834
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Karen Hostetler
 (307) 684-9321
 hostetler9@vcn.com
Business Contact
 Valerie Spanos
Title: President
Phone: (307) 684-5775
Email: valspanos@vcn.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Although the state of Wyoming ranks second in the nation in wool production, a commercial scouring facility does not exist in this region. Raw wool, called greasy, is shipped out of the region, and more often out of the country for further processing. Rarely does this Wyoming product ever return to its state of origin. Value is added outside of the state. During Phase II, we will operate a localized experimental facility, using existing technology proving the concept that locally adding value to wool will increase producer wool income. Through a local processing facility, ranchers will be able to implement management practices in wool preparation which will improve their profitability and the efficiency of the marketing system. Producers will also see the benefit of retaining ownership of their premium wool fleece further into the supply chain and thus increasing their income potential.

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