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All sheep over one year old have to have their wool sheared off. This is done in spring or early summer to harvest the wool. The wool is purchased by the British Wool Marketing Board and is sold to manufacturers to make wool for clothing, carpets and home insulation.

There has been a growth in the demand for wool as nterest in more natural products has risen.

One innovative company helping link wool producers with new markets is The Wooley Shepherd.

These pictures show Arthur Cowling from Polsham hard at work.