History

An Organization rooted in history and growing for the future

On September 24, 1860, a group of forward thinking people came together to sell their wool. Access to the Boston wool market was the biggest issue facing producers at that time. To solve the problem, these producers procured a ship and took their wool "around the Horn" to the wool markets in Boston. While they were on the east coast, they witnessed the beginning of the Civil War.

Today's members include a range of ranchers, farm flock producers, feeders, breeders, 4-H and FFA students, supportive businesses and other interested individuals. As CWGA continues to address producers' most pressing concerns, you, too, can share this rich heritage and learn valuable skills to improve your operation.

Since its formation in 1860, the mission of the CWGA has remained much the same:

  • To provide consumers with safe, quality lamb and wool products
  • To protect ourselves against the enactment of laws and regulations which negatively impact our business
  • To protect livestock from predation, theft, and disease

An historical photo from the Wool Growers archives