No everybody gets farming or those who work the land, it seems so complicated and hard to understand.
I've been reading some odd comments and I want to set things straight. So this is for the record from the farm side of the gate.
Sheep grow wild and woolly, so once or twice a year they come in for a haircut, that is what is called a “shear”.
The sheep are very grateful, their wool is very thick. If it isn't taken off them they could get very sick.
Imagine wearing jumpers when it is hot and sunny. The sheep would over heat and that is never funny.
And if they get too sweaty, it attracts big clouds of flies. Then come the crawling maggots and if left the poor ewe dies.
The wool is used for carpets, or for cosy socks and coats. It is better for the planet so it always gets my vote.
It's a natural insulator, not grown in a factory. No man made polyester I can tell you this for free.
We have been using sheep's wool since before we had the wheel, because we knew the value of it's softness and it's feel.
Most shearers takes a minute then the sheep goes running back. and a worker rolls the wool up and puts it in a sack.
If you need more information please go and ask a farmer, he wouldn't shear a ewe if he thought that it would harm her.
And please try and remember when your plate is nice and full, to give thanks for all the farmers who even grow your wool! Jan Millward©