Our Farm

The Farm

Annfield farm is a family farm nestled in the rolling hills of Fife just north of Edinburgh.
We are the 4th generation farming there but everything has changed since it all started. but everything has changed since it all started. Our team is made of two people, Laury-Anne and Andrew, partners at the farm
and in life. We are an international team : Andrew was born and grew up in Scotland at the farm; Laury-Anne is French-Belgian and has lived in Scotland for over 10 years. All our communications are in French and English, we want to keep the link with our roots and Europe.

THE GOATS

Our first seven angora goats arrived in October 2020 from the South of England and adapted really well to the local climate. Our goal is to raise animals with high welfare standards: happy goats and no kill. This guides us in everything::
— Their feeding
– Small groups organised for their comfort
– The ability to go in and out when they want
– A lot of outside space
– All the treats (pumpkins for Halloween, Christmas trees for Christmas, fruits, vegetables etc…)
They spend at least six months a year outside, with sun (if possible in Scotland), fresh air and loads of grass. In the winter, the goats are inside which lets them stay nice and warm and makes it easier for us to look after them (to the point of doing regular pedicures for everyone).
The sheep’s wool is produced by a small group of local breeders that we personally know and have chosen because they have high welfare standards. The Shetland wool comes from local smallholders, the rest of our wool comes from two neighbouring farm.
All our choices are guided by the latest technological and scientific advances.
Every year, a laboratory tests the wool of all 18 months old animals to determine its individuals qualities which allows us to decide breeding and create full sets of statistics.

 

OUR ETHICS.

It hasn’t been financially viable for a number of years to sell sheeps’ wool, to the point that some farmers burn it. Our wool producers get a fair price for their wool which not only covers the cost of production but allows them to make a small profit on it.
We are convinced that not only wool has a potential but it has a value. We want to prove that it is do-able to have a Scottish wool of very high quality and that there is a market for that product.
All our yarns are 100% wool – no plastic at Annfield!

We also limit our carbon footprint by using wool mills as close to us as possible.
All our packaging is eco-friendly. It is mostly made with recycled material, and is recyclable or compostable.
Every year we plant trees at the farm to do our part in the fight against climate change.