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Community | 26th October 2023
 

Bleat and Blether ’bout Blackface wool

 
 
EARPODS: “How dare they say my wool is not versatile!” The Bleat & Blether workshop says different
 

Creation Mill staff debunk the myth that common wool has limited use

Emma Duncan and Lewis Jackson represented Creation Mill of Langholm at a ‘Bleat and Blether’ workshop in Sanquhar last week. The workshop was exploring how Blackface sheep wool can be used and how it is much more versatile than people have often been led to believe.

The Bleat and Blether project is led by the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Unesco Biosphere group and was launched in autumn 2021. Their goal is to promote the versatility of wool and its diverse potential as a sustainable resource.

The Scottish Blackface is one of our most familiar breeds of native sheep and particularly suited to life in upland areas. Blackface history stretches back into the mists of time. These sheep were first mentioned in monastery records of the 12th century. They’re hardy animals that thrive on hill pasture, even in inclement weather.

As many of our readers know farmers get very little money for Blackface fleeces these days and it usually goes into mattresses or carpets while quite a proportion is wasted because it holds so little value for farmers.  

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