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Mountain Meadow to provide traceability of wool with ScoringAg

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Oct '09
The Mountain Meadow Wool Mill, LP Company has scored a first with an agreement with ScoringAg.com for supplying trace-back records to prove MMWC quality-branded traceable wool.

For over 100 years, Basque sheepherders have grazed sheep on the plains and mountains of Wyoming. Carrying on this rural tradition, two women established Mountain Meadow Wool Company in 2002. Surrounded by the culture of ranching and of sheep, Valerie Spanos and Karen Hostetler searched for products made from the area wool. They built their own mill and have now moved into full traceable wool.

ScoringAg's President, William Kanitz said with the new supply traceability online database system, Mountain Meadow Wool Company hopes to become the premier wool processing facility in Wyoming and unique to the country. They now have a working wool mill not only creating yarn from the fine wool of the area but also custom processing for growers. Mountain Meadow wool returns 10% of the sale of finished products back to their select group of ranchers. These ranchers are compensated at or above the current auction price of equivalent wool types.

Mountain Meadow Wool Mill, LP is a small, complete wool processing and spinning mill located near the wool producers in the Rocky Mountains and the old west. Each year they obtain the best merino grade wool from the best growers in the world. They then wash card and spin it using eco-friendly cleansers and non-petroleum spinning oil to bring a, non-chlorinated, pure and soft yarn to market. The sheep are primarily Rambouillet (French-merino) and Columbia. The mill's small size allows them to work closely with customers in order to meet their specific needs. Wool for Mountain Meadow Wool Mill, LP is sourced from ScoringAg recordkeeping farms.

Mountain Meadow Wool Mill, LP initiated integrity branding that provides traceability of the wool fiber back to the producer, supplier, and handlers with an assurance of ethical production and guarantee of performance with quality records.

Mr Kanitz of ScoringAg.com said “Mountain Meadow Wool, as an American mill using American merino is championing the sustainability of the North American wool industry by producing full traceback accredited fibre.Valerie Spanos, President, said quality had always been their priority, from the fleece to the final fabric. But now their customers are increasingly concerned about the sustainability and traceability of products from field to customer. “Mountain merino fibres now deliver all of these." Spanos said. Here is a SSI-EID code that can be tracked back SSI_FCCF723E46 either from Traceback.com or ScoringAg.com search engines.

The announcement of using the ScoringAg database has been welcomed by the company as a new level of merchandizing for the company wanting to prove traceability and source verification of wool. They are using wool from US merino wool growers farms that meet their specs and with records. They have a research and development department which continues to explore new and exciting innovations in wool fiber in the mill and on the ranch to create a green,sustainable company with craftsmanship and exacting quality production.


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