Salted Sheep Skins & Lamb Skins


Woolly (unshorn) lambskins are selected from late October through to March mainly to service the production of decorative and bedding rugs, medical rugs, car seat covers and double face garments.

Shorn lambskins are selected from February through November while Sheep skins are selected all year round

  • Skins exhibiting finer wool types are selected for the production of garment lining and various footwear end uses.
  • Skins exhibiting coarser wool types are generally selected with fellmongering in mind ultimately producing slipe wool and pickled pelts.

Merino sheep and lamb skins are selected in small numbers generally from December through February and are used mainly for footwear lining. Following slaughter skins are cooled under controlled conditions for transportation to one of our processing sites.


Skins are carefully checked for temperature compliance upon arrival and individually fed into the processing area on conveyors. After classification by trained graders skins are placed in processing vessels and processed through to salted skins. The salted skins are counted and packed for distribution to customers.





Wool Lengths 

WS Woolly Lambskins A
Infant Care
2" - 4½"
2" - 4½"
2" - 4½"
1½" - 4½"
All lengths in
WS Sheepskins FM

Under 1"
1" - 3"
Over 3"
All lengths in
WS Shorn Lambskins FM

Under 1"
1" - 2" 2" - 3"
Over 3"
All lengths in
WS Merino Sheep and Lamb Skins Run

0" - ½"
½" - 1"
Over 1"
Under ½"
Over ½"


Tomoana: Tomoana Pelt Processors, Hastings, Hawkes Bay - North Island  

Christchurch: Graeme Lowe Christchurch, Canterbury - South Island

Fairton: Silver Fern Farms, Fairton, South Canterbury - South Island

Pareora: Silver Fern Farms, Pareora, South Canterbury - South Island

Finegand: Silver Fern Farms, Balclutha, South Otaga - South Island 

Blue Sky: Blue Sky Meats, Invercargill, Southland - South Island