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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 group of fleeces shorn April 9, 2021. Here is the fleece sample sheet. Dune, Rook, Diedre, and Serena are sold.

Weights and prices. Fleeces are sold via email (instead of via the Shop page), because calculating shipping gets complicated depending upon weight and  zip code. Weights are:

Gosling 5.6
Zephyr 6.1
Tolstoy 10.26 (in the card, you’ll see three different grey colors, the lightest one is next to Zephyr’s lock)
Moorit necks 4.2
Fleeces are $18/lb and are sold as whole fleeces, except for:
• Gosling and Tolstoy have a break (suitable for felting), $8/lb
• Moorit necks, Spot, and misc. (short) whites and silvers, $9/lb

If you are interested, please fill out the contact form. I will send you the estimated shipping charges based upon your zip code. Transactions usually are accomplished via PayPal. (Direct credit card payments via Square also available.)

The next shearing date will be in August 2021.

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