British Wool

British wool - did you know? 

Interesting facts about the history of British wool and British sheep breeds. 

  • Fossilised remains suggest that sheep evolved between 10 and 20 million years ago in the mountains of Central Asia.
  • Sheep were introduced to the UK in 4000 BC by Neolithic settlers.
  • There are 15 million sheep in the UK.
  • Each sheep fleece produces over 2kg of wool.
  • There are over 60 pure breeds of sheep in the UK.
  • Sheep are shorn every 9-12 months.
  • British wool carpets are the number one choice in commercial settings (hotels, airports, cruise ships).
  • Wool is totally renewable - as long as there is grass for sheep to eat, wool can be produced.
  • There are over 40,000 wool producing farms in the UK.
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