Palliser Ridge shears 6,000 ewes twice a year, in February and August, and 6,000 lambs once a year, in February. This equates to roughly 30,000kgs of wool coming off our flock annually.
Our farm is one of the many New Zealand sheep operations who both supply and share hold in Wools of NZ, a company hands on with marketing our wool products both domestically and overseas.
We are also very proud to be the first farm in New Zealand to be accredited with the Responsible Wool Standard, a globally recognised accreditation which ensures the welfare of the sheep and the land they graze on. In October 2018 Marks & Spencer launched their first products with RWS Wool from a handful of New Zealand farms, including Palliser Ridge, see the announcement here.
The wool that is taken off of our lambs is around the 29 micron mark, which tells us that it's well suited to products such as clothing like jerseys, socks and scarves, as well as insulation and carpet. Wool is a product with a large number of benefits, health and otherwise. It's a natural solution when insulating the house and carpeting the home, it's a breathable fibre and perfect for keeping you warm in the colder months. It's also a New Zealand produced alternative to many imported synthetic products.
We are excited to share with you our very own Palliser Ridge Lambs Wool, grown naturally down in the South Wairarapa of New Zealand. Taken from our latest lamb shear, and sent to the Hawkes Bay Wool Scours, our Lambs Wool is then spun into yarn by our friends at Woolyarns in Wellington.
The Palliser Ridge Lambs Wool is perfect for outer garments such as blankets, cardigans and jerseys, scarves, hats and much more. Partnerships with fellow New Zealand businesses such as New Zealand Natural Clothing and Inter-Weave have allowed for larger scale production of both fashion and home based wool products. See below for our range.
Check out the video below to follow the wool through it's complete process.
Palliser Ridge Wool Initiatives
Here at Palliser Ridge, we're enthusiastic about finding as many uses for our natural fibre as possible, check out below for what we're currently working on.
A partnership with friend of Palliser Ridge, Keiry Belton.
Together we're offering Natural Dye Classes, and a range of naturally dyed traceable wool.
In 2018 Palliser Ridge offered a Scholarship to Taylor Mau, a third year textile design student.
With a focus on mainstream options for coarse wool, the project continues to progress nicely.
As both a supplier and shareholder of Wools of New Zealand, Palliser Ridge has enjoyed working alongside
The two businesses share a common goal of seeing New Zealand coarse wool prosper on the world stage.