Breeding: sheep’s wool is no longer popular

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Mr. Jost, Mr. Seely and E Noel – France 2

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In the Hautes-Pyrénées region, hundreds of shepherds find themselves in a very awkward situation. Since the health crisis, sheep’s wool is no longer successful and prices have collapsed, to the point that breeders are forced to burn tons of wool that has become unsalable.

In the heart of the Basque Country, they have been part of the landscape for decades. Before summer arrives, ewes begin their journey through the mountains. But before that, they must remove the wool. On a family farm in Ostabat-Asme (Pyrénées-Atlantiques), 300 Manech à Tête Noire sheep will follow each other under the shepherds’ comb. Then the wool is stored. But for several years now it has been useless.

There are no longer buyers, resulting in the great desperation of Gabby Haranberry, owner of the herd. This wool, which represented several hundred incomes only ten years ago, is today considered too poor in quality to make clothes, or too expensive to fill in mattresses. As a result, some breeders explain, off-camera, that they had to burn it to get rid of it. Waste that some craftsmen in the area would not give up on, such as Jean Dalatore Ventura, founder of Tokelia, another one of its collectors.

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