Summer time is always a very busy time for me, I never stop washing, sorting and painting fleeces. The weather here is mostly arid, cool and dry so flies are not a health problem for the sheep. These two fellows below are in fact doing the only thing one should do during the hot hours…taking a siesta. Farm groups in Australia have since launched a formal complaint against the advert, which was part of an ongoing campaign against mulesing , where skin is removed from lambs' backsides to prevent maggot infestations. I have displayed the yarn in my etsy store:
We always welcome brand and retail partners who come with a spirit of helping us direct our efforts towards improving our standards. We are the no. This allows us to serve you the quality and quantity of wool you need for your products. We are also the only top maker who is entirely based in the city of Trelew, in Patagonia, the South of Argentina.
Therefore we are closely connected to the farms we work with. The practice of mulesing is not needed in Argentina due to the natural sanitary conditions, therefore all sheep are not-mulesed.
On all Fuhrmann farms, we manage the grasslands based on standards that ensure that no desertification occurs. We either grow our organic wool ourselves or buy the wool directly from the farmers we know and trust and drive it directly to our mill in Trelew. Treating sheep well is not only the right thing to do, but also increases economic returns, which is why animal welfare is of highest importance at Fuhrmann. However, there are of course discussions around what does it mean to take good care of sheep and opinions, country regulations and even animal welfare standards around the world differ on certain topics.
Animal welfare is also regulated in each country, which means wool growers also need to comply with national law in addition to fulfilling specific commercial or private welfare standards. This area is rarely black and white.
There are however certain animal welfare topics that are at the attention of many welfare discussions and that we at Fuhrmann take special care of. We provide our sheep with an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area. Our sheep are provided with sufficient space, proper facilities and in company with other sheep within their flock. Mulesing is a practice primarily found today in some parts of Australia where the weather conditions are moist and damp.
Once the eggs hatch the maggots start eating the sheep alive. To prevent this cruelty to the sheep, some of the skin around the rear of the sheep gets cut away once when it is still a little lamb. While mulesing is there to save sheep, there has been strong criticism from animal rights organisations about this practice and things have already changed to improved sheep welfare in this area.
Where possible wool growers in Australia have stopped mulesing on their farm. With these efforts, the number of lambs who need to be mulesed is shrinking. If you want to read more about mulesing you find information here. Countries such as New Zealand and South Africa have already banned the practice in response to concerns for animal welfare. In Patagonia however, there has never been any need for mulesing because the blowfly does not exist in the South of Argentina due to the natural sanitary conditions.
The weather here is mostly arid, cool and dry so flies are not a health problem for the sheep. Therefore all our wool, including of course organic wool, is and has always been non-mulesed. Mulesing as an animal welfare practice is not needed in Argentina and therefore not at all practiced by wool growers across the country.
Sheep in Patagonia graze in extremely low density areas. So mulesing is carried out to leave the animals' skin smooth and scarred so that flies do not lay eggs there. Now the group is urging People readers to boycott clothes made with Australian wool until mulesing is stopped.
Pets and their people: This date is significant for the Australian wool industry because this is when the industry has agreed that surgical mulesing will be phased out. NAL today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Australian Wool Innovation Limited AWI for the next phase of development of its needle-free delivery system to deliver a chemical mulesing agent protein into sheep.
Needle-free drug delivery product development progresses; chemical mulesing solution with Australian Wool Innovations Ltd.
Mulesing is the removal of strips of wool-bearing skin from around the breech of a sheep to prevent the parasitic infection flystrike (myiasis). The wool around the buttocks can retain feces and urine, which attracts flies. The scar tissue that grows over the wound does not grow wool, so is less likely to attract the flies that cause flystrike. Fuhrmann offers GOTS certified organic wool that is mulesing free. All Fuhrmann wool tops are processed in accordance with the GOTS standard For more information click here! Mulesing is when sheep, without any painkillers whatsoever, have huge chunks of skin carved away from the animals' backsides or attach vice-grip–like clamps to their flesh until it dies and falls off.