Category Archives: Wool/fiber

Skin and wool loss

Note: Since readers have varying tolerances, this blog might not appeal to those who are quite squeamish. If one of my sheep-raising readers has experienced the same skin/wool loss in his or her flock, please let me know what, if anything, you and your vet discovered. When you run over a hundred sheep during the […]

Where are fleeces from Winter Shearing?

Most of us who shepherd a flock have two main raw materials to work with: wool and lambs. Of course the more creative shepherd might also find a market for sheep manure, and those who are more artistic may find a market for “value added” products like yarn, wool batting, and the like. In the […]

Wearing their food

This is the time of year when shearing can’t come soon enough. After keeping their fleeces clean and beautiful all year long, the ewes are now slowly ruining what I have taken so long to produce. Okay, I know I don’t produce all that lovely, lustrous wool — they do! But honestly, who works so […]

End of pumpkins

This week will mark the end of our sheep’s pumpkin supply. Since November 5, we’ve broken and fed out a dozen pumpkins daily: eight to the adult ewes, two to the ewe lambs, and one each to the adult rams and to the ram lambs. We originally got about 360 pumpkins from the drug store; with […]

Romney sheep and our lambs

The Romney sheep breed originated in the challenging wetland area of the Romney Marsh in southeast England. Over the centuries, the locals developed a sheep that was able to withstand the cold, wet conditions in which they lived. Even the youngest lambs had heavily felted ears and thick, warm fleece that could shake off the […]