Friday, May 27, 2011

Finally on Grass!

The flock is feisty and so happy to be on new spring grass finally! It's been a long cold spring, but the grass has started to grow in earnest now no matter what the weather does! This morning I woke up at 5:30am and took a walk with the sheep, what a beautiful way to start the day!

Friday, May 13, 2011

More sheep!

Ever seen the movie Babe? The old ewes are border leicesters, one of my favorite breeds for their appearance, fiber and personalities. A small flock of 30 has come up for sale near us and we are debating purchasing them. We have a co-op who would like us to supply them with lamb, although this would mean growing our flock considerably! But even though we may grow for meat production my first and foremost goal is fiber and our girls will be pampered to the extreme for their fiberliciousness. I am considering ordering some sheep coats to keep the fiber as clean as possible. I have thought many years on this, and have decided to give it a go and see how it works. We'll see next spring how quickly i'm able to skirt the fleeces!

Wool has been sent in!

We have brought all the fleeces in to the mill now and they have begun washing the wool for the rovings. We plan to have a bulky merino, a fingering cormo/BFL/merino, a worsted chocolate alpaca/merino/border leicester, a worsted gray merino/border leicester, a dk fawn alpaca/merino/border leicester, and rovings from these as well!