The Sheep and Their Wool
   

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The Sheep
We keep a flock of about a dozen ewes, an assortment of different breeds of sheep suited to the climate of Ontario.

The sheep grow their fleece naturally and seasonally. Each ewe grows her own unique coat, as required for each winter. We shear our sheep when the warm weather makes their wool uncomfortable.

By keeping a flock of many and mixed breeds, the farm produces a variety of wools of many textures and colours.

Woolly sheep in winter woods 2018.
The Wool
The breeds of sheep that shape our flock were selected for a combination of qualities: interesting wool, ability to thrive on pasture, mothering abilities, and great personalities. Our sheep are mixed bloodlines that conform to type unless otherwise specified.

Sheared sheep in spring barn yard 2017.

Raw fleece on shearing day 2017.
 
 
Fine Wool
Romedale CVM

Dolly and Valentine.

Washed Romedale CVM fleece.
Romeldale sheep are a fine wool breed developed in the United Sates during the early 20th century. The Livestock Conservancy rates this breed's status as threatened. Their wool is soft, fine, and naturally coloured in a range from white to black. Ideal for spinning fine yarns with above average elasticity.
   
Long Wool
Border Leicester

Ginger and baby Yoda.

Raw Border Leicester fleece.
Border Leicester sheep are a long wool breed developed in northern England near the border with Scotland during the 18th century, and are now found around the world. Their wool is long, soft, and lusterous, with loose waves and ringlets of curls. Suitable for spinning both worsted and woolen yarns, Border Leicester fleece can be spun combed, carded, or from the fold. Very durable, Border Leicester wool is ideal for outer wear and carpets. Border Leicester wool is naturally coloured light ivory to bright white.
   
Dual Coated
Icelandic

Loki (foreground), Badger and Badger's 2019 twin lambs, Miles and Mingus. 

Washed Icelandic fleece. 
Icelandic sheep are a primitive dual coated breed derived from Northern European short tailed sheep. They were brought to Iceland with early settlers in the 9th century, and have evolved to survive cold weather and rough pasture. Their wool consists of two types of fibres - a long outer coat called Tog and a fine inner coat called Thel. These can be spun separately or combined to be spun into a strong, light weight and extremely warm yarn called Lopi. Icelandic wool is naturally coloured in a range of white, tan, warm red, brown, and black.
   
Down Wool
Border Cheviot and Dorset X

Coriander - Border Cheviot.

Ramon - Dorset sire 2017-18
Border Cheviot sheep are a down wool breed that developed during the 14th century in the northern border region of England and Scotland. Their wool is long, soft, and fine. The crimp is unusually resilient and has a matte quality to it. It is ideal for spinning fine or chunky woollen yarns. Border Cheviot wool is naturally bright white.

Dorset Polled and Horned- breeding sires
Dorset sheep are a down wool breed developed in England and Wales during the 16th century. Their ancestry is believed to be a cross of Welsh big horned sheep with Spanish merinos. The influence of the sires can be seen in the softness of the flock's wool, and the resistance to felting.
 

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