At DILLING, we are so lucky that many of our customers get excited about the same things we do. Therefore, they ask about a lot of different topics, and one of the topics that comes up time after time is animal welfare. Because animal welfare is important. It is important to know where the wool in your sweater comes from and what kinds of circumstances the sheep delivering it have.
Of course, we have selected our supplier, Fuhrmann, carefully. We have looked into which certifications the company has (GOTS) and asked about the production and the conditions for the animals. But even so, it is nice to see things with your own eyes. Therefore, our president, Morten Dilling, traveled to Patagonia in Argentina in the spring to visit the farms and talk to the organic farmers.
Morten Dilling tells us about it...
It was an incredibly positive experience to visit the Argentinian farmers, as well as the factories where the wool is prepared for spinning. I could sense a huge passion for the production of organic wool, and it was obvious that they share many of the same values we have at DILLING. For instance, det first topic we got to talking about while visiting one of the factories, was something so unusual as global warming. Because global warming is something both Fuhrmann and the farmers are very worried about and think about earnestly. Therefore, the farmers associated with Fuhrmann use wind or solar to pump water up to the sheep, although this is not a requirement to be able to call yourself an organic farmer.
Another topic they are happy to discuss is animal welfare. Because the farmers I met are sincerely interested in the wellbeing of their sheep. There are several reasons for this. First of all, it is obviously for the sake of the animals – of course they want them to live well. Secondly, the farmers I met had the attitude that happy sheep give nicer wool. Therefore, they see it as in their own best interest for the animals to have good conditions. If you want to know more about the specific conditions for the animals, you can take a look at the page about our approach to a clean production.
In Patagonia, there are huge distances between the farms, wherefore the sheep graze on enormous open areas with natural vegetation. And sure enough, on our just over 200-km-long trip from one farm to the next, we didn’t just see sheep in these ’fields’, but also animals like wild ostrich and antelopes. That way, the sheep are a natural part of the system, and they can thrive in places with even sparse vegetation.
One last thing I want to mention is about one of the farms I visited. It was run by a mother and her three adult children. Two of these children went to veterinary school more than 1000 km from home, but they came back to help out on the farm. That made a big impression on me.