British Wool is Hot Stuff
If you are struggling to know what to do with your sheeps’ fleeces, chances are British Wool can help. Kim Stoddart reports
If you keep even a small number of sheep, then thinking about what to do with the fleece is an ongoing consideration for most of us. From how to find someone to sheer your flock earlier in the year, ensuring the quality of the resulting fleece, presenting it so that it looks good before finding a way to sell it on – there is an awful lot to think about, especially if you are relatively new to sheep.
Thankfully, help is at hand in the form of British Wool, the last remaining commodity board in the UK. The organisation provides a vital service, working on behalf of its 40,000 smallholders and farmers, helping them to maximise the value of and market for their wool. Based in Bradford, British Wool collects, sells and promotes wool to the international textile industry for use mainly in furnishings, apparel and flooring. So it knows a thing or two about wool and the shearing, and care and presentation of the fleece to maximise its value at market.
It also runs a range of courses throughout the year which are worth a look. Maybe you would like to save some money by learning how to correctly shear your flock for yourself. Or, if you like the idea of earning an income as a freelance sheepshearer on the side, then British Wool’s traditional blade and shearing courses have been designed to promote and maintain high quality in this essential rural skill.
The better the fleece’s quality, the higher the grading and subsequent price you will achieve as a result. Therefore although different breeds of sheep will turn out differently, how you remove, store and package the fleece after it has been removed is absolutely key.