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
Wales - Welsh 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
Ffermio.tv - 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.
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 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
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)