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Uganda wool comes from sheep, especially merino and other fleece breeds. On a typical shearing bout, a single sheep gives from 1 kilogram to 14.5 kilograms of wool per year. Most breeders usually wait for their animals to attain mature age as by then they will have increased the surface area under the fleece. The best breeds are those that grow theirs long and heavy: though it is rough, it has great knitting qualities after its conversion into yarn. Uganda still has a low production capacity for wool as it has more goats than sheep at the ratio of 6:1 or 6 million goats against one million sheep.
We source sheep for making wool from the central, eastern and north-eastern parts of Uganda. Though some districts like Kayunga in the center of the country produce sheep in high numbers, the practice is only picking up in other districts where eating mutton is a taboo and hence low sheep rearing. On our part, we only make contact with family herders with no more than 50 animals at a time.
Before the delivery of the sheep to the shearing station, we check with animal health veterinarians from Uganda’s Ministry of Health to ascertain suitability. We use long shears to remove the fleece carefully. We then keep it in clips made up of multiple animals’ sheared wool, ready to take to the processing plant.
We first of all sort Uganda wool into categories based on the size of the fibers and colors, among other grading factors. The best grade consists of long fiber fleece. It is also requisite that for the fleece to pass into the first grade, it should be of a clear, clean texture, free of dirt and debris. We also keep all white fleeces into the first grade as it sells higher than the rest due to its ease of dye application.
We keep less quality grade wool in a separate pool for resale in the local market. We also maintain the wool of all grades in a raw, unprocessed form so that it will find market appeal. We keep it in a dry, shaded place so that it retains its color.
We then park Uganda wool into bales or pools according to grade. This is after the raw fleece has undergone mechanical pressing to reduce its inflation and make it into a portable size. We keep it in small bales of 70 by 70 by 98 centimeters cubic. The packs are made of nylon or HDPE. We sew in labels of the name of the wool, the origin, the sheep breed and the net weight to the packs. We then place 50 such packs into an enlarged bale that we secure with a firm material. Then the product is ready for transportation to its destination from where it will go to mills for yarn production.
We store the bales of Uganda wool in cool, dry conditions away from light to preserve cleanliness and color. We transport the bales to the airport in Entebbe by our warehouse trucks. This ensures that the cargo will be at your door in a day or two whether you are in Europe, the Middle-East or North America.
In short, if you have a yearning for fiber from animals rather than plants, then our Uganda wool supply would be the natural alternative. Most of our sheep have long fiber fleeces, which makes their wool first class. We also ensure that we prepare the bales within the specified due date so that you will have your exact tonnage on time. You will also step into a very competitive pricing deal that makes the raw fleece affordable to every importer. Make an order today!
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