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).

Currently available are a few choice fleeces from the spring 2019 shearing. These fleeces are very well skirted and very clean. Here are the weights, staple length, fiber diameter (micron) and softness (CF, comfort factor, or “prickle factor”–the higher the better). All are $15/lb plus shipping. Contact us to purchase one.

fleece sample card June 2019

Fleece sample card June 2019

The next shearing will be in September 2019. This is our biggest shearing, with mostly natural colored fleeces–blacks, browns, silvers. Drop us a line if you’d like to reserve a fleece of a particular color.

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