Tenterhooks, Tuesday! Just an ordinary day in the British Wool Marketing Board’s auction room: Sale No. BW71, the seventh sale of this year’s season. 1.37 thousand tonnes of wool from sheep farms around Britain were listed for sale. They fetched, by the day’s end, over £2 million. British wool is serious, sizeable stuff.
All too easy then to overlook a pretty average 8 tonne lot – described as lying at the Board’s Newtown depot, in 24 x 330kg standard bales, compressed and shrink-wrapped, core-tested for colour, yield and quality – that we knew to be stuffed full of fine Welsh mule fleece from the Cambrian Mountain region. It had been especially picked out for us by the Wool Board’s expert graders. We thought of it as ‘our wool’ but we knew it could only ever belong to the highest bidder when eventually it came up for auction.
And, today, the tenterhook-releasing email from our buyer: “despite an animated auction which saw prices rise quite sharply, we have the wool for you”.
Finest Cambrian Mountains fleece, we have you!