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 2020 August-shorn fleeces. We normally shear this group in late September, but the late summer heat, and the stress I observed in the ewes, made me do a flock assessment. The conclusion was that the fleeces were way ahead of the curve in terms of length. The heat stress was evident in some of the ewes (who later proved to be carrying twins). And so we judged that now was the time to shear. Relief all around! Click here to see the glorious fiber  that these ewes and rams have made from eating grasses, legumes, and forbs on the farm.

I engaged a certified wool classer on shearing day, for the preliminary skirting. These fleeces were covered (the ewes and rams wore them continuously). The fleeces have undergone preliminary skirting (nasty bits, portions with excessive vegetative contamination, etc., disposed of). Final weights (picky shepherdess judging what hand-spinners will not want to deal with) will be lower.

See also the Products page for roving and batting processed from our fleeces. This is updated as new processed items arrive.

See a fleece you like? Please fill out the contact form! I will provide you with a final weight and shipping charges based upon your zip code. Transactions usually are accomplished via PayPal. (Direct credit card payments via Square also available.)