NFU Mutual Smallholding Insurance

Author Topic: Getting skins tanned  (Read 1457 times)

Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Getting skins tanned
« on: October 27, 2015, 07:36:13 pm »
OK, after years of humming and hawing, I have asked the abattoir to keep four skins (no jokes please  ::) ), which I intend to have tanned at Sykeskyns

The abattoir is salting them - they are mainly a deer abattoir so salt all their deerskins for tanning. I have a blue barrel with a watertight seal. I have asked Skyesyns to do them an they have agreed.

I am filling out AB711 Licence Form - I think I will check it with Animal Health tomorrow before I send it off.

Cutting to the chase, I'll have to send the barrel by courier. Much as I'd love a trip to Skye it's not on the cards anytime soon. Anyone recommend a courier that they have used for this before?
Voss Electric Fence

clydesdaleclopper

  • Joined Aug 2009
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Getting skins tanned
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2015, 07:55:30 pm »
I haven't used Skyeskins but for the skins I have had tanned I salted them at home until they were no longer wet and then they went off in plastic bags inside a box.
Our holding has Anglo Nubian and British Toggenburg goats, Gotland sheep, Franconian Geese, Blue Swedish ducks, a whole load of mongrel hens and two semi-feral children.

Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: Getting skins tanned
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2015, 08:41:02 pm »
I haven't used Skyeskins but for the skins I have had tanned I salted them at home until they were no longer wet and then they went off in plastic bags inside a box.

Which courier did you use? Were they happy to take animal byproducts?

Bionic

  • Joined Dec 2010
  • Talley, Carmarthenshire
Re: Getting skins tanned
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2015, 09:23:54 pm »
I used myhermes but said they were sheepskin rugs  :innocent:
Life is like a bowl of cherries, mostly yummy but some dodgy bits

Anke

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: Getting skins tanned
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2015, 09:31:48 pm »
I used myhermes but said they were sheepskin rugs  :innocent:

Same here. We called them sheep fleeces. They have to be less than 10kgs per parcel (I think, but it is all on myhermes website), so we did them in two packs. Delivered within 2 days. Not expensive either.

Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: Getting skins tanned
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2015, 09:48:30 pm »
How did you wrap them?

Bionic

  • Joined Dec 2010
  • Talley, Carmarthenshire
Re: Getting skins tanned
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2015, 06:51:03 am »
Wrapped in several layers of plastic bags and put that in a box and covered the box in plastic too.
Life is like a bowl of cherries, mostly yummy but some dodgy bits

Anke

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: Getting skins tanned
« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2015, 08:02:06 am »
Double wrapped in thick bin-liners. They were dry, so no issues with drips etc.

Auld Cairnallochy

  • Joined Oct 2012
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Getting skins tanned
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2015, 08:56:08 am »
I believe if you send your sheep to Munros in Dingwal for slaughter and processing they can send you skins to Skyeskyns direct.

Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: Getting skins tanned
« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2015, 09:11:22 am »
I believe if you send your sheep to Munros in Dingwal for slaughter and processing they can send you skins to Skyeskyns direct.

Canny hike from Carnoustie though, when Cupar abattoir is 28 miles away  ;D

 

Getting sheepskins tanned

Started by Kerriech

Replies: 4
Views: 248
Last post September 02, 2019, 10:33:01 pm
by Dans
skins?

Started by The Chicken Lady

Replies: 8
Views: 4571
Last post June 06, 2008, 05:38:49 pm
by woollyval
tanning skins

Started by shrekfeet

Replies: 2
Views: 1205
Last post March 12, 2012, 04:45:46 pm
by Foobar
Sheep skins

Started by Mungo24

Replies: 5
Views: 1241
Last post April 16, 2014, 06:38:31 pm
by Fleecewife
How much salt for skins

Started by clydesdaleclopper

Replies: 41
Views: 8748
Last post October 21, 2014, 08:17:48 pm
by shygirl

Forum sponsors

FibreHut Energy Helpline Thomson & Morgan Time for Paws Scottish Smallholder & Grower Festival Little Peckers

© The Accidental Smallholder Ltd 2003-2019. All rights reserved.

Design by Furness Internet

Site developed by Champion IS