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Farming Ethics 

Swakara farmers in Namibia comply to strict ethical principles designed to enhance the welfare of swakara sheep. By adhering to these principles, Namibian farmers are committed to the highest moral standards regarding animal welfare. This means that the pelting process of swakara lambs is done in the most humane way possible. The ‘Code of Practice for Swakara Farmers,’ which is compulsory for all Swakara farmers, is registered with the International Fur Federation (IFF). The swakara brand is also striving to achieve the Fur Europe WelFur label. 

Testimonial – Timm Miller

 

The Swakara sheep breed enables me to farm successfully in the escarpment on the edge of the Namib Desert. Here I have to deal with erratic rainfall and an extremely sensitive but very diverse ecology. The Swakara sheep fits perfectly into this harsh environment because of its many adaptive traits and characteristics that have evolved through centuries of survival in desert and semi desert environments. 

These traits and characteristics enable me to farm sustainably and in harmony with the ecological challenges the environment offers. One of the most difficult challenges is farming successfully in harmony with an array of predators. 

Together with 8 permanent employees and their dependents we can make a living off this often dry and unforgiving land. Thanks to the Swakara sheep I can fulfil my goal of being a successful and sustainable eco-friendly farmer. 

This success is reflected in the Cheetah Conservation Fund 2003 Cheetah Conservationist of the Year Award, the Namibia Agricultural Union 2011 Young Farmer of the Year Award and the ConservationCATALYST 2012 Conservation Farmer of the Year Award, which I have received.

I am proud to produce a number of sustainable, natural and biodegradable products from free-ranging animals, whilst adhering to strict internationally accepted animal welfare regulations.