Woolgrowers engage in a multitude of activities to oversee their sheep and pastures, ensuring the production of ample wool, while maintaining the health of their livestock and natural resources.
Land plays a key role for this, and it correlates directly with factors such as water availability, topography, local weather patterns, and proximity to markets. The global sheep population has reached more than 1 billion, with China having the highest number of heads, followed by India and Australia. Sheep generate wool with a simple bled of grass, air and sunshine, and once a year they are sheared, in order for us to harvest the raw material for some of the most sought-after garments.
Shearing is a crucial step, demanding precision and expertise to avoid hurting the animal, and maximize both the quantity and quality of the wool. Shearing is not just a craft; it’s an art form that connects the human hand to the animal in a respectful partnership.
According to the IWTO, on average, a single sheep yields approximately 4.5 kg of wool per year, equivalent to over 10 meters of fabric. This amount of wool can be utilized to create six sweaters, three suit and trouser combinations, or cover a large sofa. The global sheep population has reached more than 1 billion, with China having the highest number of heads, followed by India and Australia.