Fleeces

Care of fleeces begins before the lamb’s birth, with attention to the ewe’s nutrition before and during gestation. Before they leave the lambing pen, lambs are coated, and as they grow, their “clothes” are changed many times to accommodate growing bodies and fleeces. Prior to shearing (some shorn in September; others in April), fleece samples are tested. Prospective buyers have in hand the micron count, comfort factor, staple length, and weight of a fleece from a specific animal, to plan breeding programs or fiber projects.

We focus on genetic expression of recessive color: dark browns and silvers, moorit, and variegated fleeces for hand-spinning and felting. Fleeces are for sale at the farm on shearing days, by advance arrangement, and at several festivals in the region. If you are looking for a particular color, contact the farm. We’ll send samples—virtual (images emailed), or actual (locks from a fleece).

Spring 2017 shearing takes place in April. Some of these fleeces will be shown and sold at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. Among them are our second clipping of yearling ewes (white), born in March 2014, whose sires are Australian Merinos. The spinning count on this group of ewes is 18.8 microns with a 99.2 comfort factor average. Wow!

Ewe 1262 fleece

All fleeces from the spring shearing are sold. In mid- to late September, we will be harvesting the first fleeces from our New Zealand and Australian Merino-sired lambs. Blacks, silvers, moorits, and white fleeces already have been tested. Below are test results showing micron count (Mic Ave and SF [spinning factor] micron), softness (CF, comfort factor, or “prickle factor”–the higher the better), fineness of crimp (CRV Dg/mm). Contact us to reserve fleeces from this shearing.

Fiber tests AI lambs July2017 1

See the Products page for roving and batting processed from our fleeces.