Shear waste: sheep farmers compost worthless fleeces | News – The Times

Farmers are turning woollen fleeces into compost since prices have actually fallen so low that it is not worth trying to offer them.The worth

of sheep wool has actually been falling in current years as consumers change to carpets, home furnishings and clothing made from artificial fibres. Five years ago a fleece was worth 87p a kg. This had fallen to 59p by last year.Then the price dropped to 33p after export markets closed for a number of months because of the coronavirus pandemic, meaning wool could not be offered to nations including China and Japan.British wool is likewise used for carpets in cruise ships, airports, hotels and casinos, all severely hit by Covid-19.

Some farmers understood that, for the very first time, it would cost them more

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