Useful Industry Links

Defra - The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - contains all aspects of farming, keeping sheep, welfare, transport, identification, etc

Scottish Government - Scottish Government Rural Directorate - animal health & welfare

WalesWelsh Department for Environment, Planning and Countryside - farming & countryside

NSA - The National Sheep Association is a specialist organisation dedicated to safeguarding the interests and future of sheep farmers throughout the UK. The site contains news, events, health & diseases, training and more.

NADIS - The National Animal Disease Information Service is a network of 60 veterinary practices and 6 veterinary colleges monitoring the health of cattle, sheep and pigs across the UK. The site has detailed information on many common health problems.

SCOPS - Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep is an industry led group formed to develop sustainable strategies for parasite control in sheep.

EBLEX - The English Beef & Lamb Executive is the organisation supporting the English beef and sheep meat industry.

BWMB - The British Wool Marketing Board collects, grades, sells and promotes fleece wool for UK farmers.

BCSBA - The British Coloured Sheep Breeders Association promotes coloured sheep and the use of coloured wool.

TBMMC - The Traditional Breeds Meat Marketing Company Ltd promotes meat from rare and traditional breeds.

The Shetland Museum - the site has an excellent photo library of over 60,000 images from the 1880's to modern times of life on Shetland.

FUW - Farmer's Union of Wales

NFU - National Farmers Union

NFU Cymru

NFU Scotland - Welsh TV channel dedicated to agriculture

Farming Connect - website of a training scheme for Welsh Farmers sponsored by the Welsh Assembly with much useful information in it for (sheep) farmers in the rest of the UK.


Links to Companies that Process Fleeces and Skins

The Natural Fibre Company in Cornwall

The Halifax Spinning Company in North Yorkshire

Bovey Handloom Weavers in Devon

Melin Teifi Weaving Mill in Dyfed, Wales

Curlew Weavers Woollen Mill in Ceredigion, Wales - 01239 851357

Devonia Products Ltd, Tanners in Devon

Organic Sheepskins, Tanners in Herefordshire

Griffiths Mill in Derbyshire (will take as little as one fleece for processing)


Other Useful Links

Blackdown Hills Natural Fibres in Devon & Somerset - a group of fibre farmers working with wool

International Feltmakers Association - home of the feltmaker worldwide

The Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners, and Dyers

The Real Sheepskin Association - non-profit trade organisation for tanners, merchants and designers


Links to Members Websites

Abacus Flock, Bedfordshire
Burlees Flock, West Yorkshire
Cleulow Flock, Cheshire
Brae Flock, West Lothian
Devon Woolies
Furzehill Shetland Sheep, Devon
Galtress Flock, Lanarkshire
Gone Astray, Pembrokeshire
Highfield Flock, North Yorkshire
Kinburn Flock, Perthshire
Koru Lammermuir Flock, East Lothian
Monnow Flock, Herefordshire
North Down Farm
, Devon
Rosebank Shetland Sheep, Edinburgh
Severn View Farm, Gloucestershire
Smiling Tree Farm, Shropshire
Stokehill Flock, Somerset
Tilney Shetlands, Norfolk
Whaddon Grove Farm, Wiltshire
Woodpark Rare Breeds, Irvine


 Links to Shetland Sites in North America

NASSA - North American Shetland Sheep Association
Fine Fleece Shetland Sheep Association
Maple Ridge Sheep Farm
OK Acres Shetlands
Primolana Shetlands (and sheep colour genetics pages)
Ramsay Farms
Sheltering Pines
Shepherdswood Farm
Windswept Farms