Shetland Sheep

Our four shetland sheep grazing and looking at the camera

Shetland Sheep

Our flock of four Shetland wethers (neutered males) are named Sean, Chip, Eli, and Franklin. They arrived at the farm in July, 2016, only three months old and just weaned from their mothers. Shetlands are an ancient breed originating in the Shetland Islands, a group of about 100 islands off the north coast of Scotland. Remains of their ancestor, the Soay sheep, have been found at Neolithic sites dating back over 4,500 years! The original Shetland sheep were left to run wild on the islands until the spring shearing. Over thousands of years, this environment created a hardy, intelligent creature quite capable of caring for itself.
Our four fuzzy little boys will be sheared for the first time this spring. Shetlands produce excellent wool, from coarse outer “guard” wool to the fine, soft under-wool, comparable to merino wool. We hope to process this fleece on-site, as part of workshops that show the journey from fleece to spun yarn. The Shetlands are also an essential component of our newest children’s program, “Sheep, Frogs, Flowers and Fun!” The kids always love to greet the sheep and touch their soft fur.

 

 

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