British Wool Statement on Animal Welfare
As a company, Laxtons adhere to a strict sourcing policy for all our raw materials in particular natural fibres where animal welfare, responsible farming and ethical practices must be followed.
The following statement is from the British Wool Marketing board whom we work closely with in sourcing our raw materials.
"British Wool takes animal welfare extremely seriously. Whilst we do not have any powers to enforce animal welfare legislation, if we are made aware of any cases of animal mistreatment we will inform the agencies who have such responsibility, (Defra, Farm Animal Welfare Committee (FAWC), the RSPCA (England & Wales), SSPCA (Scotland) and ISPCA (Northern Ireland)).
We also commissioned a study called Best Management Practices to give the industry a comprehensive summary of the husbandry, health and environmental standards under which British Wool is produced.
In global terms, UK sheep farms are small, having on average approximately 350 sheep. UK sheep are raised naturally outdoors on pasture. As a result, the scale and method of UK lamb production is such that it is not considered an intensive farming activity by animal welfare campaigning bodies.
Sheep are required to be shorn of their wool once a year for their own comfort and health. Hence, wool is a naturally occurring by-product. Every year British Wool puts over 800 people in all parts of the UK through our two day shearing training courses that are tailored to their existing level of experience and skill. It goes without saying that shearing in accordance with best practice industry standards ensures that the process is stress free for the animal (as well as maximising the value of producers wool)."
More information can be found here: http://www.britishwool.org.uk/animal-welfare-resources
The sheep produces a relatively small weight of fleece for its size. It is soft, lustrous, and considered one of the finest wools in the UK.
The Masham (pronounced massam) is a cross of Teeswater or Wensleydale ram with Dalesbred or Swaledale ewes. The breed is found mainly in the north of England and produces a very long and lustrous wool. Please click on the link for more information on British sheep breeds www.brtishwool.org.uk/sheep-breeds