The physical and emotional wellbeing of our farmers is linked to the physical and emotional wellbeing of the sheep in their care. This works in reverse too.
When considering the animal wellfare in our work, we consider the above UN SDG goals. 3, 5, and 8
Welfare and animal rights
There are "Five Freedoms" which are globally recognised as animal welfare rights, encompassing both the mental and physical well-being of animals; they include:
- freedom from hunger and thirst
- freedom from discomfort
- freedom from pain, injury, and disease
- freedom to express normal and natural behaviour
- freedom from fear and distress
This combined with good farming practices and hygiene allow us to start to ensure we understand all animals are being cared for well.
Shearing & Fleece-making
We support all initiates that works to better the lives of shearers and wool handlers, we also look for new techniques and equipment to understand how to lessen the potential for harm to the sheep during this stage (usually minor cuts). We're not the experts here at all, so we listen and support those who are and understand the role we all play in the chains of production and use equally. We encourage our customers to learn as much as possible about the origin of their purchases and enjoy their part in this process.