It is in the most beautiful carpet, it is Harris Tweed, and now you can even find in the top-of-the-range beds; but at Â£1 a kilo, the united KINGDOM, the wool has not been as cheap for the past seven years.
Only 14 months ago, it has been worth 30% more. So why is wool the decline in the price and how is the cost of this soft wool jumper is not coming down?
According to Jo Dawson, who has spent 20 years in the wool trade, there are a number of reasons that have combined over time. Since the sheep are of wool, whatever happens, if the wool demand drops, prices can suffer quickly if the fleeces go unsold. Chinese demand
However, that could put unbearable pressure on any other industry, forcing producers out of business and lifting prices, is manageable in the British sheep farming.
This is because the UK, sheep are primarily reared for meat – the wool is now regarded as a by-product. Mr. Dawson said that it is a shame, because it can handle moisture, prevents odors, resists fire and is growing every year.
“If a scientist came to us today and said that I’ve invented this brand new product called wool, and then they were to receive a Nobel Prize, because it is amazing fibre,” he said.
“However, we have grown up with it for so long that most people have forgotten about it and have not realized that it is something very special.”
The request is the concern, says Mr Dawson, who is the ceo of H Dawson, a Bradford-based wool merchant, set up by his grandfather in 1888.
Recently, demand from China declined after a trend for women knitted wool coats made long fire, and because the Chinese market is so huge that it has had a significant impact.
But Mr. Dawson is upbeat about the matter because of new uses appear.
Your wool jumper, however, is probably made from the fleece of Merino sheep, which may well have come from Australia. And while the courier British notes have fallen in price, the merino wool has been doping. A Merino wool is much finer than that of the united KINGDOM breeds, making for clothes that are comfortable as well as warm. Fine Wool
Again, to Lesley Before, which means good business. His flock of Merino is a rarity in the UK.
“We used to cultivate the Merino wool in this country 200 years ago,” she said, at his farm, near Tiverton, in Devon.
“But because we had an early industrial revolution, we need meat for our inhabitants of the town and the Merino wool that has existed, does not have the meat of the animals. They have a slow growth and tiny. In order that our farmers fell back on the standard traditional British meat breeds.”
“At the same time, we have been developing our new colony of Australia, and they are desperately in need of a product for export back to the united KINGDOM and make money. So, we unloaded our fine wool production of Australia,” she adds, “And that, basically, has continued to this day.”
Which raises the question, with prices moving as they are, why aren’t more UK farmers to reverse the trend?
“I think that there is certainly a potential,” said Prior, noting, however, that the wool and meat each require a lot of skill. Merino wool are generally smaller than other races and does not have as many lambs, which means less meat.
For Mr. Dawson, wool merchant, a diversity united KINGDOM flock, and, more difficult, more thick wool, can offer opportunities.Traditional uses
“Many of our breeds of sheep have been around for hundreds if not thousands of years and they have grown to be the way they are now today because of it, and then become resistant to certain diseases,” he says, the sense of an abandonment of that which is “something that really should be considered very strongly.”
For him, the traditional uses such as floor coverings – he is also president of the 262-year-old farm carpet Axminster – and more recent opportunities to provide the key.
The wool now goes into products as diverse as mechanical engineering gears for wind turbines, bicycles, the seats and the lining for the links.
He has also developed an insulation material to compete with feather fillings for coats in the open air, with the help of its wool, which is biodegradable in a path of man-made fibres are often not.The wool seats
During this time, in the old wool of the town of Buckfastleigh, Hannah and Justin Floyd have developed something quite unique among these alternatives – Solidwool.
“It started with us to find new jobs for ourselves, who want to stay in Devon. So we have looked to our city for inspiration,” says Ms. Floyd, to Solidwool of the plant.
“We were playing with the wool and tried to use it in a new way, and Lesley Before we actually challenged them and said if you want to start a business using wool, and create jobs, you’re going to have to do something that has not been done before.”
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Their product is a fiber glass as material, using wool fibres. It looks like marble and feels like a tough composite.
The couple use it to make chairs and tables, but other products may be possible, they say. Car interiors, and cabinets were also mentioned.
They are using wool from Herdwick sheep, which is currently the lowest value British wool at 30-40p a kilo.
“It seems crazy that this is something that once had value,” says Ms. Floyd, “and it is now a by-product or a waste product of agriculture,”