At Fuhrmann we are taking things a step further by growing organic wool in total harmony with nature.
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. On average there is 1 sheep on every 1,5 square miles. This low sheep density helps to prevent contagion and adds to the freedom of each sheep. Get an offer from us for the organic wool quality you need with high welfare standards guaranteed. Like most of us go for our regular haircut, sheep need to get their wool sheared off their back at least once per year as well. Like every interaction between animals and humans, shearing also needs to be done very carefully with a great deal of attention.
On our Fuhrmann managed farms, shearing time is one of the very few times sheep leave their pastures. The sheep are managed in a quiet and calm environment to reduce the stress levels for them as much as possible. All shearers are professionally trained through certified shearing and sorting courses dictated by PROLANA, which is another national wool authority.
Having many sheep to shear, Fuhrmann has a well-experienced shearing team which is also informed of the particular attention paid to animal welfare.
It is in the shearers interest to treat the sheep calmly as it is then easier to shear the sheep. All shearers follow the same shearing process which has been proven to be the best for the sheep without needing to tie them up in any way. It is a methodical system known as tally hi or new pattern developed to do the job easier, faster and with less stress to the animals.
Shearers are very careful to avoid any cuts. However, just like we cut ourselves when we shave our beard or our legs, cuts can happen accidentally. There are different types of cuts.
But on very few occasions cuts might need stitching or medical attention. If a sheep needs stitches, they are performed by someone from the shearing team who is trained and experienced to do this. This is not necessarily a veterinarian although we do tend to have a veterinarian on site at the Fuhrmann farms.
The wounds are also treated with antibiotics and disinfectant. This means that if someone is not working properly or harming the sheep in any way the manager will send this person for a cooling off period, which means they lose shearing time and therefore productivity.
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Mulesing has since gone partially 'underground' as a shameful trade practice for which cost-effective painless alternatives are being widely sought. Les Rosenblatt recalls his experience. Somerfield was named the only retailer which sold meat from lambs which had been subjected to mulesing , during which skin is cut away from the rump.
Animal suffering 'caused by stores. John Carmody, who led the banner-wielding group, claimed a "gruesome" procedure called mulesing was being used on the lambs.
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.