I hope this newsletter finds you well. It's been an eventful week here at the farm as we recently completed our annual sheep shearing. We had a new very talented young man shear this year, and together we transformed our fluffy friends into sleek, cool sheep ready for the warmer months.
I wanted to share some snapshots with you, capturing the shearing process and the remarkable amount of wool that accumulated. It's always a sight to behold! As we stood behind the towering mound of wool, it reminded me of the challenges faced by the wool industry in North America.
Whenever we mention that we are sheep farmers, people often assume that our main source of income comes from selling wool. However, that couldn't be further from the truth. The reality is that we, like many other farmers, are no longer selling wool as it has become economically challenging. The wool market has undergone significant shifts over the past 50 years, especially with the emergence of synthetic fibers. As a result, shearing wool has become an expense rather than a profitable endeavor for us.
Instead of selling our wool, we have chosen a different path. We repurpose it as compost for our fields, nourishing the soil and promoting the growth of our crops. It's a sustainable solution that aligns with our commitment to responsible farming practices.
Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!