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What is Lanolin?

Lanolin is a natural, waxy substance derived from sheep’s wool. It is widely celebrated for its moisturising properties and is a common ingredient in various skincare products. One of its most popular uses is in nipple creams for mothers, providing soothing relief and protection for delicate skin.

Where Does Lanolin Come From?

Lanolin originates from the wool of sheep. It is produced by the sebaceous glands of sheep to help keep their wool waterproof and soft. This natural oil is sustainably sourced and environmentally friendly, making it great for beauty products.

The production of lanolin begins with sheep shearing. Once the wool is collected, it undergoes a thorough cleaning process to remove dirt and impurities. The cleaned wool is then subjected to a process called scouring, where hot water and detergents are used to extract the lanolin. After extraction, the lanolin is refined and purified to create the final
product used in various applications.

Sheep Shearing: An Essential Practice

Sheep shearing is a vital activity for the health and well-being of sheep. Here’s why it’s important and how it’s done:

Why Shearing is Important for Farmers?

  • Health and Comfort: Removing the wool helps prevent overheating and make them comfortable in summer.
  • Hygiene: Clean, sheared sheep are less likely to suffer from unwanted attention from flies.

How Shearing is Done?

Shearing is a skilled process performed by trained shearers. It involves carefully removing the fleece from the sheep using electric clippers or traditional shears. The goal is to shear the wool in one piece, ensuring minimal stress and discomfort for the sheep. The wool is then gathered, cleaned, and processed to extract lanolin and produce wool products.

Shearing at Farmer Palmer’s

At Farmer Palmer’s, we schedule our sheep shearing during the May Half Term. This timing allows our visitors to witness the shearing process first hand and ensure the sheep are comfortable when entering the warmer months of the year. It’s an educational and interactive experience where you can watch the skilled shearers at work, ask questions, and learn more about the importance of sheep shearing.

Take a sneak peek of Lyddia shearing some of our sheep!

Join us at Farmer Palmer’s during May Half Term to see sheep shearing in action, understand the importance, and appreciate the care and effort that goes into maintaining the health and well-being of our sheep.

Check our What’s On page to find out more information. Or simply Book Your Visit here.

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