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exmoorlady

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Brendon Hills
Sheepskin Tannery
« on: October 31, 2011, 04:56:05 pm »
Does anyone know of a tannery where I can get my sheepskins cured?.  Fenland in bridgewater have just closed down and i don't know of another one. Any help gratefully accepted.
Sharon
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fifixx

  • Joined Mar 2010
  • Shillingstone, Dorset
    • Bere Marsh Farm
Re: Sheepskin Tannery
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2011, 05:53:21 pm »
I sent my goatskins to http://www.organicsheepskins.com.  Not cheap but at least no nasty chemicals are being used...

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep
Re: Sheepskin Tannery
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2011, 06:50:21 pm »
There's Devonia at Buckfastleigh.
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The Mobile Butcher

  • Joined Jan 2010
  • Whitby North Yorkshire
Re: Sheepskin Tannery
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2011, 07:21:19 pm »
hi ,
 yes like fleecewife says Devonia, I have used them, and they were good.
Paul - The Mobile Butcher

Southfields

  • Joined Mar 2011
  • Salisbury
Re: Sheepskin Tannery
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2011, 07:53:30 pm »
Oh my god Fenland have shut down??!?!?!?!?

exmoorlady

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Brendon Hills
Re: Sheepskin Tannery
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2011, 08:28:56 am »
Thanks I will try devonia ,have just found them online.  :thumbsup: Gutted about Fenland though, they were only half hour away.

Mel Rice

  • Joined Sep 2011
Re: Sheepskin Tannery
« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2011, 12:10:38 pm »
How much do you have to pay (aprox) to cure a full sized fleece over there around me they charge so much that it is quite a bit cheaper to buy one ready done. Does any one know/have tried doing one themselves?

The Mobile Butcher

  • Joined Jan 2010
  • Whitby North Yorkshire
Re: Sheepskin Tannery
« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2011, 03:51:37 pm »
Hi
The last time I had a Fleece done - it was About £25 plus the P&P
If you are sending your sheep/ Lamb to the abattoir they should give your fleece back  to you with a good
covering of  salt on it, this helps the  tanning process and stops any wool falling from the fleece.
If the Abattoir don't salt, or you have a home kill sheep/Lamb then you should rub a  couple or three good handfulls of salt into the underside of the sheep skin, and leave to the fleece opened right out to for a few days ( I would re-salt it again to be sure its got a nice covering) before posting it off to the tannery. :)
Paul - The Mobile Butcher

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep
Re: Sheepskin Tannery
« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2011, 06:09:43 pm »
A small point but might as well be accurate  ;).  What you get back from the abattoir is a skin.  What you get back from the shearer is a fleece  :sheep: :sheep:  The sheep survives one but not the other.
Our abattoir doesn't salt for us, so we have to get the skins back as soon after killing as possible.  It's best to get the salt on within 2 hours.  We use DVP salt from the agricultural merchant.
I have never tried doing the whole tanning business myself - far too much hard work  ;D ;D
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The Mobile Butcher

  • Joined Jan 2010
  • Whitby North Yorkshire
Re: Sheepskin Tannery
« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2011, 08:40:40 pm »
Point taken - it is a Skin ;)
 ( I suppose I was only trying to make it more understandable , not as confusing saying  'fleece')

Well that's my excuse anyway ;D
Paul - The Mobile Butcher

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep
Re: Sheepskin Tannery
« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2011, 12:29:29 am »
 ;D ;D
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Southfields

  • Joined Mar 2011
  • Salisbury
Re: Sheepskin Tannery
« Reply #11 on: November 02, 2011, 01:30:57 am »
You must salt within 2 hours of kill!  Length of wool is quite important too.

We paid £20 per skin to be done.  Some abattoirs can be funny about releasing the skin as they tend to sell them on themselves so ask first.

The Mobile Butcher

  • Joined Jan 2010
  • Whitby North Yorkshire
Re: Sheepskin Tannery
« Reply #12 on: November 02, 2011, 09:19:18 am »
The Abattoirs, will probably add a extra charge to your slaughtering costs (for you taking the skin back), as they will have aloud for the skin cost to be taken into account when calculating the price for your slaughtering.
Last time I looked  into  it the abattoir's get between £2 and £4 per skin from the tannery, this depends on market forces , time of the year, quality of the skins and also the number they have for the tannery.
 so in theory they will charge you the £2 or £4 extra on the bill.
If they don't charge any extra - well you are doing well :)
Paul - The Mobile Butcher

mmu

  • Joined Aug 2011
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Sheepskin Tannery
« Reply #13 on: November 08, 2011, 10:38:32 pm »
We've tried getting our skins from the abattoir, but all they will do is sell us a skin, any skin, as they can't be bothered to identify ours so we don't bother. It's a shame, as it's nice to have the really good quality or particularly well marked ones back.
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Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep
Re: Sheepskin Tannery
« Reply #14 on: November 09, 2011, 12:07:31 am »
If you can be there when they are killing your sheep then you will get their skins back - you don't have to witness it but be there to collect the skins as they are taken off.  It's worth asking if you can do that because it's part of the products you get from your animals.
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