project is designed to identify, promote and maximise
opportunities for the development of the wool industry
in Powys. The project will support the whole supply
chain and will work with and for producers, processors
and users of local wool.
At the All Sheep conference held in
2001 a number of key areas for research and development
were realised. The following areas will be carried out
under this project: the feasibility of a wool scouring
plant in Powys, the need to look at alternative breeds
of sheep that produce finer quality wool, develop marketing
opportunities for locally produced wool and raise the
awareness and encourage people to use Welsh wool.
I am happy to say that all three of
the key areas have been started.
The scouring feasibility study was
successfully tendered by Heather Mitchell who has completed
her study and this will be available on the website.
We are currently working with ADAS
Pwllpeirian to assess the viability of the Bowmont flock
in Mid Wales. The Bowmonts are a cross between Shetland
and Merino and can produce wool as fine as 16 microns.
The project has just completed its first year with some
very interesting findings.
A number of events have been organised
to raise the profile of locally produced wool, namely
the Wool & Willow Festival. This is an event in
its second year that incorporates both wool and willow
products. The event offers workshops for both children
and adults in felting, knitting and basket making.
For more information please see the