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Wool Academy with Elisabeth van Delden
50 minutes | 8 days ago
#118 How To Know If A Sheep Is Happy - Interview with Pam and Andre Christie-Smith
Pam and Andre Christie-Smith farm in 6th generation on their sheep farm Kleiheuwel Trust in South Africa. In this episode, they share insights into their everyday farm life of running a sustainable and animal welfare friendly farm. They explain how they know if their sheep are happy through good shepherding and by looking at the numbers.
61 minutes | 22 days ago
#117 The Value of Improving Sheep Genetics - Interview with Mark Ferguson
Mark Ferguson is an Agricultural Geneticist specialised in sheep and other natural fibre animal breeds. Mark is also the host of the Head Shepherd podcast. On this show, Mark and Elisabeth talk sheep genetics and the importance of telling the wool story.
59 minutes | 2 months ago
#116 Custodian of Land and Animals - Interview with Richard Daughertyrty
Richard Daugherty is a South African wool grower based in Australia. He and his wife Sarah and their two children farm on Balala Station west of Uralla since 2011. Richard is highly committed to regenerative farming and ensuring hight animal welfare standards. In this episode, Richard shares his story of starting to farm merino sheep and provides insights into different aspects of his farming practices. This episode is recorded in partnership with The Schneider Group and their Authentico Integrity Scheme.
43 minutes | 3 months ago
#115 How Merino Sheep Can Thrive in Europe - Interview with Lesley Prior
Lesley Prior successfully breeds merino sheep on her farm near Devon in the UK. Something many sheep farmers never thought possible. In this Wool Academy Podcast interview, Lesley shares her vision of creating a large merino sheep flock in Europe and gives insights into her Tellenby Merino Sheep breeding business.
56 minutes | 3 months ago
#114 It's never over until it's over - Interview with Dr. John Parkinson
In this Wool Academy Podcast episode, Dr. John Parkinson shares insights about the wool textile recycling industry and his new old recycling business iinouiio.
60 minutes | 3 months ago
#113 How to develop coarse wool product applications
In this Wool Academy Podcast episode, Sustainability Wool Industry Expert and Journalist Tone Skardal Tobiasson shares insights into the different wool research projects she helped develop and coordinate successfully in Norway. The common thread of these Norwegian wool projects is the goal to identify and develop product applications for coarse wool while also working towards a more sustainable textile industry.
40 minutes | 4 months ago
#112 When Wool Prices Collapse
The Covid-19 pandemic has lead to a strong decrease of coarse wool prices. What does this mean for the little Flock Wool Trading Company who just collected its first container of Albanian wool ready for sale? CEO of Flock Wool, Evan Thomsen and CMO Elisabeth van Delden talk openly about the devastating situation the pandemic has put the start-up into.
34 minutes | 4 months ago
#111 Lean Methodologies and the Minimum Viable Product
In this video, you can listen to Evan Thomsen and Elisabeth van Delden from Flock Wool talk about how they applied the lean methodologies and the concept of a minimum viable product to their wool trading business Flock Wool based out of Albanian.
12 minutes | 4 months ago
#110 First Wool Collection
In this Wool Academy Podcast Episode, you will learn how the Flock Wool Team collected its first container of Albanian wool. Evan Thomsen, CEO of Flock Wool and Elisabeth van Delden discuss the events as and how they happened.
29 minutes | 4 months ago
#109 Albanian Sheep and Wool
What do you know about Albanian Sheep and Wool? In this Wool Academy Podcast you will learn all about the Bardoka and the Ruda sheep and the type of wool they produce. Flock Wool CEO Evan Thomsen this time interviews Elisabeth van Delden about the different sheep breeds.
25 minutes | 5 months ago
#108 Albanian Wool Industry
In this interview, Flock Wool CEO Evan Thomsen gives insights about the Albanian wool industry. We discuss reasons why the Albanian wool industry got dismantled 30 years ago, why it never got back on its feet and what the situation is today.
25 minutes | 6 months ago
#106 Who is Flock Wool?
In this interview CEO of Flock Wool, Evan Thomsen, shares the story of how he developed the idea for Flock Wool, an Albanian Wool Trading company. You will learn how Evan and his wife Tyanna set out to find the right team, develop the business strategy, and start the business.
27 minutes | 6 months ago
#107 How Covid-19 also challenges a wool start up
In this episode, Flock Wool CEO Evan Thomsen talks about how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the company's operations in getting the company up and running to collect its first wool.Gain insights how to stay flexible in a business during uncertain times.
25 minutes | 6 months ago
#105 Ralf Kunert from Naturamus
Managing Director Ralf Kunert of Naturamus explains what can be achieved when creating partnerships across different industries.One of the by-products of scouring (washing) wool is wool grease, which is refined into lanolin. Lanolin is an important raw material for the cosmetics and pharmaceutical industry as it forms the basis for lipsticks and creams.Naturamus specializes in sourcing natural organic raw materials such as lanolin. Naturamus is part of WALA, a German-based company in the natural cosmetics and pharmaceutical industry founded in 1935.In 2016, Naturamus and Fuhrmann partnered to create an innovative product that had never existed before: Organic Lanolin. Both partners brought different expertise to the table. Naturamus offered insights from the consumer market and the requirements of the cosmetic industry and Fuhrmann had the organic on-farm and processing expertise.The partnership and direct dialogue between Fuhrmann and Naturamus enabled the Fuhrmann team to identify exactly what could be done in order to meet the high requirements of the organic cosmetic industry from the farm stage. While the Fuhrmann farms as well as the mill, both meet all the GOTS organic standard requirements for primary production and wool processing, the small concentrated amounts of chemicals still contained in the wool grease were above the accepted level for an organic lanolin product destined for skincare products. The challenge for the Fuhrmann team was, therefore, to identify which processes within the wool production could be changed in such a way that animal welfare and quality standards could still be met while also reducing allowed chemical traces in the organic lanolin product.On-farm, the identified solution lay in doing the routine health checks at a different point in time of the year or even avoiding the use of certain drugs approved by the organic standard of primary production. This change in animal welfare management ensures that chemical traces vanish from the lanolin when the wool is shorn and the sheep can stay healthy as always.In the mill, improvements were made in the way wool lots were separated into different lots for processing to ensure the organic lanolin stays pure.Once the lanolin leaves the Fuhrmann mill, it is sent to a refining mill Inquimec in Buenos Aires for filtering and purifying. Based on the collaboration, Inquimec refining mill also achieved the certification of organic status in its process. It is as far as we know, the only company in the world that has certified this organic process.From Argentina, the lanolin is shipped to Naturamus in Germany where it gets filtered one additional time. The final result is a 100% organic lanolin product ready to create the most natural cosmetic products the world has to offer.
28 minutes | 2 years ago
#104 Monica Ebert about the outdoor apparel brand Core Merino
IntroductionMonica Ebert is the International Brand Development Manager at BKB in South Africa. Part of Monica's work portfolio is the company's outdoor apparel brand Core Merino. In this episode, Monica talks about the opportunities and challenges of marketing a South African merino wool product.About Monica EbertMonica Ebert Is The International Brand Development Manager At BKB In South Africa. Her Responsibilities Include Managing The Companies Clothing Line Core Merino. Monica Joined BKB In March Of 2018 After Living And Working In The Wool Industry In New Zealand And The United States. Monica’s Passion For The Wool Industry Stems From Her Lifelong Involvement In The Sheep Industry Having Been Born Into A Small Purebred Sheep Operation In Kansas, USA. She Received Her Bachelor’s Degrees In Apparel Design And Apparel Marketing From Kansas State University And Completed Her Master’s Degree At Angelo State University Where She Focused Her Research Efforts On Sheep And Wool Production And Apparel Product Development Concentrating On The Processing And Manufacturing Of Wool Into Activewear Garments. Through Her Research And The Development Of A Supply Chain Entirely Within The United States Textile Industry, She Gained Unique Insights Of The Wool Supply Chain From “Sheep To Shop”.
49 minutes | 2 years ago
#103 Yvar Monasch about Best Wool Carpets
IntroductionYvar Monasch is the Managing Director at Best Wool Carpets, a company based in the Netherlands. In this interview, Yvar shares insights about the tufting carpet industry and about Best Wool Carpets. As the company's name already conveys, Best Wool Carpets is an advocate for wool and is constantly trying to find new ways to communicate the wool message. About Yvar MonaschBorn (1970) and raised in The Netherlands Yvar has always been interested in the sales and production side of business. During his study of general economics at the University of Amsterdam Yvar got in charge of a piano store on one of the canals in Amsterdam. Yvar joined Best Wool Carpets in 1998, doing a management buyout in 2000 and since then running it together with a highly engaged team. It is an everyday dedication trying to do things differently than others and to exceed expectations. The three core values of Yvar are: • Always deliver on one’s promise • If you think you know; ask and if you know; act • All the success and all the failures are a team effort.
27 minutes | 2 years ago
#102 Luke Hooke about his one year of wool experience
IntroductionOver the course of one year, Luke Hooke wore only wool, documenting his journey as his Year of Wool. In this podcast interview, Luke reflects on his experience during the last 12 months.About Luke HookeLuke Hooke is the young Australian behind Year of Wool, a project promoting wool clothing and the wool industry. For 365 days Luke wore only wool and wool blend clothing to demonstrate the versatility and incredible natural qualities of wool and wool clothing. Having grown up on a wool growing farm in Victoria, Australia, Luke explored post-farm-gate part of the wool industry, promoting the wonderful fibre that is wool while also learning more about the industry.
20 minutes | 2 years ago
#101 Eric Bjergso about the Canadian Wool Industry
IntroductionEric Bjergso introduces us to the Canadian sheep and wool industry. In his interview, Eric provides insights into the history of the Canadian wool industry, sheep breeds and wool qualities. He describes the challenges and opportunities Canadian wool growers are faced with and how the Co-operative is supporting its members in the same.About Eric BjergsoEric Bjergso is the General Manager of the Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers Limited. Eric is a graduate of the Agricultural College. He joined the Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers Limited in 1976 and has been the General Manager since 1983.
56 minutes | 2 years ago
#100 Elisabeth van Delden about the Wool Academy Podcast
IntroductionCelebrating episode 100 of the Wool Academy Podcast it is time to hear more about the host of the show, Elisabeth van Delden. In this episode, Monica Ebert, a former guest of the show, interviews Elisabeth about the podcast. Elisabeth will take you behind the scene of the podcast. You will learn how Elisabeth came up with the idea for Wool Academy, how each episode is created and what the future will bring for the podcast.
50 minutes | 2 years ago
#099 Rebecca Burgess about the Fibershed
IntroductionRebecca Burgess introduces the Fibershed, a non-profit organization that explores and actively implements regional textile fiber and natural dye supply chains. In the interview, Rebecca explains how the idea for Fibershed developed and how it became an ever-growing self-sufficient community of wool growers, ranchers, designers, clothmakers and many more. She explains the concept of carbon farming, counter-intuitive funding models that work and how well-established brands can become part of the community. The Fibershed is a key solution to reversing climate change and an inspiration to the wider industry to think in new and different ways.About the FibershedRebecca Burgess is the founder of the Fibershed. Rebecca started the Fibershed originally with her local wardrobe project where she sourced all her clothing within a radius of 150-miles to where she lives. Fibershed is a non-profit organization focused on education, advocacy and research efforts that directly drive economic development for de-centralized fiber and natural dye systems. Organizational goals include developing a working model for 'soil-to-soil' agriculture and manufacturing processes. Our work is designed to empower small and mid-scale farmers, designers and brands to engage in Climate Beneficial agricultural practices that bring regionally and regeneratively farmed textiles directly to the marketplace.
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