Category Archives: Wool/fiber

The final countdown

Tomorrow is a big day at Peeper Hollow Farm. Within a few short hours, we will harvest a full year’s growth of fleece from our 51 ewes: 29 Romeldales (19 adults and 10 lambs) and 22 Romneys (20 adults and 2 lambs). We’ll then haul 51 bundles of wool into the house, each weighing an […]

Wet wool

Shearing is this coming weekend, and my days are filled with advance preparations: rounding up our volunteers, setting up the clipboards for recording everything we do, planning three meals plus snacks. This and more helps create a successful harvesting of wool from our fifty ewes. I have always kept track of local weather forecasts. And […]

Wool blind

When I first heard the term wool blind, I had both a bit of confusion and a series of interesting images: Shepherds who couldn’t see wool? A small hut covered in wool to use for spying on sheep? As it turns out, it is the sheep who can become wool blind. It tends to occur […]

McKinley fleece update

On June 15th and 20th, I wrote about our adult ewe, McKinley, who had lost a pretty big section of wool on her rump due to an unknown cause. I speculated at the time that it seemed to have been some chemical burn based on the scabbing and scarring that seemed to be present, and […]

Fuzzy faces

I find the amount of fuzz on our sheep faces interesting. I know that sounds a little crazy, but the Romney and Romeldale breeds are supposed to have “clean faces” — which basically means that they should not have wool on their cheeks or over the bridge of their noses – their faces should be […]