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About the farm and my values

Wallon Farm nestles on the north east corner of the Dartmoor National Park and the land is farmed without the use of agro-chemicals, encouraging biodiversity of flora and fauna. My stock are fed on homegrown hay and haylage and all their feedstuffs and bedding are purchased from other local farmers, mills or suppliers.

Stockmanship is the key to animal welfare and I strive to maintain the very highest standards at Wallon Farm.

‘…the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. The more helpless the creature, the more it is entitled to protection by man from the cruelty of man’. (Ghandi)

The flock enjoys the benefits of the Five Freedoms:

Freedom from Hunger and Thirst – they are well nourished and have ready access to water.

Freedom from Discomfort – my mob have the benefit of good natural shelter in the form of hedges, banks and spinneys, that provide shade in the summer and protection from wind and rain in the winter. They are housed in light, well-ventilated, deep-bedded sheds through the worst of the winter months.

Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease – by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment (our vet bills will attest to this one!).

Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour – the sheep are not intensively reared and have plenty of pasture to roam and knock about (literally if you’re a ram) with their mates.

Freedom from Fear and Distress – I ensure that they are not subjected to conditions or procedures that would cause stress or mental suffering.

I believe that there is a future for wool as a truly eco-friendly and sustainable commodity. Every year a sheep produces a new fleece so it’s not only natural, it’s renewable too, there for future generations.

Wool is strong and durable, offering the most effective all-weather protection known to man, with high UV protection and the ability to keep you warm when it’s cold and cool when it’s hot. Its elastic properties allow it to return to its natural shape so it stays looking good for longer. Wool is fire retardant and static-resistant so picks up less dust. It’s bio-degradable and as compost it returns fertility back to the soil to grow crops.

Buying my wool helps to support the British wool industry in manufacturing products that last and are not ‘here today and gone tomorrow’. Wool provides warmth and comfort, it’s hard-wearing and lasts a long time when properly cared for.

I love my sheeps' wool and hope you will too.

Kate Steed


 
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