Fleece For Sale:Shearing for 2020 is in process. I say "in process" as Tom and I are doing it ourselves and the back can only handle 4-6 at a time. Although it is quite physical, I do enjoy it. The challenge of getting the sheep comfortable, of peeling it off without hurting the ewe, and getting a good cut on the wool fiber. I guess you could say I'm a control freak but when one works hard all year to keep the fiber in good shape, the process of getting it off is very important. What one worked so hard on all year can be ruined with one bad shear.
Below I give a brief description and try to rank degree of vegi matter (VM) on a scale of 0-3, 0 meaning very, very little, 3 means not to put it on my sale list. VM at our farm usually consists of bits of seedless orchard grass hay. Also of note is that these gals were not bred this year, meaning they don't have the stress of lambing or lambs jumping on their wool. This makes for a better fleece, although we miss the bouncing babes.
You can tell the length of the lock by the picture; each of those squares is 2 inches.
Anyway I try to be honest about it so you know what to expect. Price does not include shipping, you can give me a zip and I'll quote you shipping costs. Generally it's about $22 (U.S.) unless it is a smaller fleece and I can get it into a medium size USPS box, then it's a bit less. If you want more than one then combining them in a shipping box can be done to "save" some money.
Please Let me know if you have any questions.
QUINN: This is a colorful fleece from a young Shetland gal. Fleece is super soft with browns and grays. Spots of it are dark, most of it is a medium brown/grey color. VM 0. Fleece length is 5-6". Wt 5# for $90 plus shipping.
This is a lighter colored Shetland fleece but still has a hint of brown. Locks are 4-5". There are a couple spots with a bit of cotting on the tips but this is easily cut off wo detriment to the fleece; easy to do for the hand spinner. Fleece is lovely soft and easy to spin. Very little VM at a rating of 0.
wt 3# for $60 plus shipping.
Athena's fleece is brilliant with lots of luster, soft handle and a wavy crimp. Also a Shetland, locks are 5-6 inches long and color is almost white and would take dye well if one chooses. VM 0.
Wt is 4.6#, $ 85 plus shipping.
This young Shetland gal is the definition of hairball. Fleece is easily 6 inches long, lovely medium to light brown and plenty to work with. The handle is soft and the fleece fairly clean with my VM rating of 1.
Wt 6#, price of 96 plus shipping.
Brilliant fleece, 5-6 inch staple, washes up white, a medium fine Gotland fleece. Always a winner fleece in my eyes. Very clean VM meter of 0.
WT 7.8# price $163 plus shipping
NOTE this sheep was sheared down the middle so could be purchased as a 1/2 fleece. Please inquire if interested.
This is sister of Sushi, a grey fleece with same wonderful Gotland luster and similar fineness. Super fun to spin or felt. Locks are 4-5 inches.
wt 6.7# $121 plus shipping
Going by the nickname "Biscuity" this little character Shetland sheep has a lovely dark grey/brown fleece with lock length a bit over 4". Vm 0.
wt 3# $54 plus shipping
If I had room this might be moved to "my stash", a wonderful Shetland fleece with agouti banding (she changes color to white this time of year, see the white base). Lots of crimp, soft, in a pretty light grey.
wt 5.6# price $123 plus shipping
Nice long Shetland fleece in a brown/silver color. Locks about 5-6 inches, very clean VM 0. Soft handle but there is a bit of cotting on some of the tips, easily trimmed away with scissors if you are hand processing.
wt 5.3# price $95 plus shipping
Another lovely Shetland fleece with plenty of color, dark black to grey. Soft and fine with lots of crimp. Locks around 4 inches. VM of 1, just a bit along the back.
wt 3.6#, price $68
A Shetland fleece with a variety of browns, staple length of around 4-5 inches. Soft handle, VM of 0.
Wt 3.9# price $74 plus shipping.
Shetland Combed Top:
|sample of above spun up|
Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the above products. I try to be complete in my description but may miss something important to you. To get a quote on the shipping let me know your zip code and I'll get back to you.
McTavish Farm Shetlands