Ulster Wool Statement on Animal Welfare
Ulster Wool takes animal welfare extremely seriously. While we are not responsible for the enforcement of animal welfare legislation, if we are made aware of any cases of animal mistreatment we will inform the agencies who have such responsibility, (Farm Animal Welfare Council, Defra, Farm Animal Welfare Committee (FAWC) and RSPCA).
The Animal Welfare Act 2006 and its detailed subsidiary guidelines, Welfare of Farmed Animals Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012, prescribe the high animal welfare standards that farmers are required to meet.
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. Shearing training courses delivered by Ulster Wool are tailored to attendees existing level of experience and skill. It goes without saying that shearing in accordance with best industry standards ensures that the process is stress free for the animal (as well as maximising the value of producers’ wool). Please visit our Shearing pages for further information.
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