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shetlandpaul

  • Joined Oct 2008
Re: Sheep skin rug processing
« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2011, 08:13:46 pm »
that would teach them.
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Southfields

  • Joined Mar 2011
  • Salisbury
Re: Sheep skin rug processing
« Reply #16 on: March 17, 2011, 08:20:11 pm »
We looked at doing this and was told by our abattoir that we are not allowed the skins as we would need a license to transport them?  Anyone know if this is true or are they pulling a fast one??

woollyval

  • Joined Feb 2008
  • Near Bodmin, Cornwall
    • Val Grainger
Re: Sheep skin rug processing
« Reply #17 on: March 17, 2011, 09:29:15 pm »
Of course you are allowed the skins ::) you just need to fill in an animal byproducts licence form which the abattoir will have to enable you to take them
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shetlandpaul

  • Joined Oct 2008
Re: Sheep skin rug processing
« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2011, 10:06:42 pm »
they sell them. so they would want to keep the better fleeces. there maybe rules in fact there is bound to be. but its your property and you are paying them to perform a service for you. so if you want you property demand it.

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep
Re: Sheep skin rug processing
« Reply #19 on: March 17, 2011, 11:05:28 pm »
There was a big hooha a few years back where skins were categorised as waste so were supposed to be treated as such and you could only deal with them if you were suitably licensed.  Big rebellion with folk like Nicki Port and the BCSBA fighting for our right to use sheepskins as part of our income.  So now all you must do is transport the skins in a closed container ie a plastic sack and take them onto your property via a different entrance to that used for livestock..... Also, at no point must livestock of any species come into contact with the skins while you are storing or salting them.  Those regs are very easy to comply with.  For a while Nicki Port was offering to speak with any abattoir which wouldn't let you get your skins back - she has all the arguments.  I thought every abattoir had now realised we can get them back, but yours must be behind the times  :D  Just let them know that the rules changed a while ago.
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shrekfeet

  • Joined Sep 2008
Re: Sheep skin rug processing
« Reply #20 on: March 18, 2011, 12:55:22 am »
I used Fenland two years ago and the results were great. Used them again this year and seemed  to go downhill a bit. Wasn't too please with the way they stiched four together and also no keen on the holes they punch in the armpits to help them track whos skins they are. If you want to sell weigh up your market and prices as by the time you have shipped  them there and had them shipped back and paid for the tanning and the VAT they work out around £40 a piece (allow for your salting costs). Fenland take around 3 months to process them. |For shipping  I use Parcel2go.com who can ship 25kg for £8. THis will normally cover up to 4 rugs

woollyval

  • Joined Feb 2008
  • Near Bodmin, Cornwall
    • Val Grainger
Re: Sheep skin rug processing
« Reply #21 on: March 18, 2011, 12:28:35 pm »
Sorry you had a bad experience shrekfest.....I have used them for years and sold hundreds of sheepsking they have cured for me and other local farmers. They HAVE to do the hole punching in the armpit skin or they have no way of knowing yours from hundreds of others :D.....its a unique code.
Also just how huge are your skins if 4 weigh 25kg :o

You do have to be careful what you send in and when, for example great big long wool skins can be difficult to process if the wool is too long, ideally it should be about 3ins max so shesr first then grow out the tramlines and then kill.....even with lambs.
Also never try and cure skins between Dec and June as they tan poorly due to the new fleece growing and a weakness occurring leading to wool break.
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