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Fawteen    Posted 09-13-2002 at 16:49:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
You looking for fleeces? I got a small flock of Shetlands, and I got all I can do to GIVE away fleeces around here for some reason. SWMBO is not (yet, anyway) into spinning or knitting. I could make ya a heck of a deal on some raw (skirted only) fleeces. All my ewes came from a flock that has been selectively bred for wool quality, so they're very good to excellent fleeces.

I'm in it for the meat from the lambs, but I could be convinced to shear lambs before butchering if there's a market for shearling wool.

Kat in NJ    Posted 09-13-2002 at 17:17:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Don't eat them, shear them! By all means.... Especially the one that is more hair than wool (sounds like she is double coated).

Email me, please!

Fawteen...On it's way...    Posted 09-13-2002 at 17:29:00       [Reply]  [No Email]

Fawteen - OBTW    Posted 09-13-2002 at 16:52:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've got grays, beiges and one gorgeouse dark chocolate ewe. Unfortunately, the chocolate ewe has too much hair in her wool to make the cut for most folks, altho a local spinner has made some dandy mittens and such out of some of her wool.

Fawteen...Picture of the beige ewes    Posted 09-13-2002 at 17:09:36       [Reply]  [No Email]

This was taken a couple of years ago, still have the ewes. Two ewes and the ram are this color, one is dark brown, two are silver-grey. Every once in a while I get a black lamb out of the silvers, and the beige lambs look like milk chocolate brown, it takes about a year for them to lighten up to the same color as their Moms. I butcher at about 8 months.

Larry    Posted 09-13-2002 at 19:14:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I've thoughtabout raiseing sheep instead of pigs. But there is three things stopping me.

1.I never was around sheep in my life. I can take care of milk cows,beef cows and pigs,but I don't think I could raise a lamb if I carried it around with me all day.

2.Not knowing anything about sheep I definently wouldn't know anything about sheering them. So that would be a waste.

3.If I was going to raise them I would have to put one in my freezer each year. Only thing is I have never eaten lamb before.

Kat in NJ    Posted 09-13-2002 at 19:29:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't know if they are any harder than pigs or calves to raise, but shearing seems to always be an issue.

And if you never had lamb, guess I will have to post my 12-hour leg of lamb recipe for all to see! I love lamb, just don't want to think about how it got to that point! ;-)

Larry    Posted 09-13-2002 at 19:32:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I'm sure I'd like lamb,but I had better try some before I go through all the trouble.

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