Our Wool

Mulesing-Free

Albanian sheep are plain bodied sheep and the blowfly Lucilia cuprina does not exist. These conditions make it unnecessary to perform mulesing which is why all our Albanian wool is mulesing-free.

High Animal Welfare

Our wool growers abide by the 5 freedoms of animal welfare and act in accordance with the IWTO Wool Sheep Welfare Specifications.

Pesticide-Free

Our sheep graze on the natural pastures of the Albanian mountains, which are pure and untouched. This ensures that our wool is pesticide-free.

Extensive Farming

Albanian sheep live most of their life in pure freedom on the pastures of the Albanian mountains. We only bring them in for health check-ups and shearing a couple of times during the year. Albanian sheep do well in cold weather conditions, which is why they can stay out on the pastures all year round.

Small Scale Wool Growers

Our wool growers run family-owned farms that have been in the family for generations. The primary source of their income is from milk and meat. The average size of their flock is 300 sheep. This means that they know their sheep and take good care of them. 

Why Choose Albanian Wool

Albanian wool is an important key to the solutions we need to implement in order to survive as a world society. With Flock Wool we can bring change to a country and a region which will benefit enormously while also contributing to a greater good.

Sheep help feed the world

Sheep meat and milk provide an important source of protein. In Albania sheep graze on pastures in the mountains which cannot be used for any other type of crops or food production. A high-quality protein produced with regenerative, low inputs is important for a growing world population. Sheep meat and milk are sold and consumed locally in Albania which are high in protein with a low environmental impact.

Regenerative, biodegradable, natural resource

We are suffocating in products that have no value and are filling up our landfills and polluting our environment. The linear take-make-waste model is no longer working. We need to rethink how we produce the goods we need and what materials to use. Wool is a regenerative and biodegradable fiber. This means it comes from nature and goes back to nature and therefore ideal for sustainable consumption.

Maintaining landscapes

Sheep grazing is an important pasture management tool for keeping pastures healthy, maintain biodiversity and prevent desertification. Healthy soils capture more water and carbon which is vital for preventing climate change.

Healthy rural communities

A well-working sheep and wool industry can provide jobs and steady incomes for rural communities. This ensures Albanian families can stay together and continue living in the areas they have been rooted in for generations. Decent work, economic growth, and sustainable communities are important for well-functioning societies.

Our Sheep

Ruda

our resilient mountain wool sheep

This breed comes with a little bit of a mystery, as sheep breed experts are not in unison about how this breed developed. The Ruda sheep appear to have emerged out of several other breeds such as the Tsigai, Zackel, and Pramenka groups. We believe this healthy mix is what has made this sheep so strong and resilient, which is why we are such a fan of the Ruda. 

The Ruda is primarily raised for wool. It is well adapted to low temperatures and mountain grazing. Ruda wool is white or off-white. It has an average fibre diameter of 33 microns and a staple length of 8-10 cm.

Bardoka

our popular strong long hair sheep

The Bardoka is a popular breed in the western part of the Balkans, bordering the Adriatic Sea. 

Bardoka sheep are a multi-purpose sheep bred for milk, meat, and wool. Bardoka wool is off-white and has an average fiber diameter of 43 microns and a staple length of 15-20 cm.

This sheep can easily adapt to a wide range of environmental conditions, particularly to low temperatures. The only thing the Bardoka does not like is humidity.