Farm Hacks: Alternative uses for wool- Part 1


Farm hacks is back and this week it's all things wool. Not getting enough for your wool? Check out these alternatives for your sheep’s coat.

Farm Hacks: Alternative uses for wool- Part 1

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Farm hacks is back and this week it's all things wool. Not getting enough for your wool? Check out these alternatives for your sheep’s coat.

Are you not happy with what you're getting for your wool? If so, take a look at some of the alternative uses for wool produce.

Wool has a range of different uses, some of which have only recently been discovered. Not only can wool be used for clothing and textiles, but it has many other different uses, some of which may bring you a few extra pound.



Wool Pellets:
This is the first on the list of alternative uses. Do you generally have a large quantity of waste wool every year? Well, this could be the alternative to having to dispose of it. Wool pellets are a way of utilising this waste wool and turning it into something useful, plant fertiliser.

The pellets are made from 100% raw wool and not only do they fertilise plants, but also provide porosity and improve a plant's water-holding abilities. This means that now you may have a way to turn waste wool, obtained from the belly and back ends of sheep, into a profit!

The pellets can have a fertiliser value of 9:1:2 (Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium), while it also contains Sulfur, Iron, Magnesium, Calcium and a range of other micronutrients. There are many advantages to using the wool as fertiliser, these include: its ability to hold 20 times its weight in water, the pellets expand in the soil which increases porosity and helps optimise root growth, the pellets are slow release (meaning they help plants grow all-year), they are 100% natural, they help improve soil and they also even repel pests such as slugs and snails!

What more could you want? Less time spent watering, it’s a slow releasing fertiliser, it improves your soil, reduces the need for additives, increases porosity and even repels pests! It literally ticks all the boxes!

For Part 2, we are looking at other uses, Wool used as insulation. It is not to be missed, so keep an eye out!

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