Fleece Avoidable Faults

Fleece Avoidable Faults

Tint and Stain

Caused by bloom dipping. Avoid buying sheep which have been artificially discoloured.

Excess Marking

Even a scouring mark applied in excess will result in wool being down-graded. Do you really need to mark? If so, use a product carrying this symbol. Keep your mark to an absolute minimum and use SPARINGLY.

Please ensure that you only use Marking Products that have been tested for scourability and carry the ‘British Wool’ approved logo. We are currently updating the list of approved marking products and these will be published when finalised. Should you have any queries in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact us at wm@britishwool.org.uk.


Fleeces Tied with Cord or Twine



DO NOT use coloured yarns, polypropylene or baler twine for identification purposes, prolapses or securing wool sheets. Please use the string provided by the depot.

Claggy and Undocked Fleeces

Remove extraneous matter and any dags which may have been missed pre-shearing.

Unrolled Fleeces

Roll your fleeces from britch to neck and use the approved tuck in method.

Dagging, Locks and Oddments

DO NOT wrap oddments inside the fleeces.


Fleeces damaged by dampness, ticks, lice or fly-blown and maggoty. Avoid shearing wet sheep and store in a dry clean place.

Vegetable Matter

Fleeces contaminated with excessive vegetable matter - usually avoidable contamination, hay-seed, straw, chopped silage from supplementary feeding or careless handling.

V. Light vegetable matter - usually natural contamination from areas of grazing, whins, heather, moss, bracken etc.

British Wool Promotion

Raising awareness amongst consumers about the unique benefits offered by the fibre.

Since its launch in 2010, The Campaign for Wool has influenced a new demand for wool on an international scale, and it’s efforts have seen an outstanding threefold increase in the price farmers receive for their wool.

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