Ashford wool sliver is 100% pure New Zealand wool. The sheep farmers graze their flocks on clean, grassy pastures to ensure their wool is free of dust, dirt and thistles. New Zealand has a temperate climate with moderately high rainfall that helps keep the wool clean. The sheep are generally shown in early spring to encourage the ewes to take care of their newborn lambs. In the shearing shed the farmers select premium fleeces for Ashford wool sliver that are sound, clean and true to type. The wool is then washed and carded, ready to use. The wool is only from sheep that have not been mulesed and is 100% processed in New Zealand.