I started farming nearly thirty years ago and my husband has been farming for 55 years. We have both always been involved in the sheep business. When we met we both were raising sheep for the meat market. I married him because even back then shearers were hard to find, and NZ shearers even rarer. Together we kept a flock of commercial sheep that over the years fluctuated from about 200 to over 500. I was always interested in fibre, but bought from other producers, as our wool was horrible. When I was diagnosed with cancer four years ago, John decided to sell off the rest of the flock. Once I had finished my treatments I decided to have a few fibre sheep for my own crafts. That flock of five Gotland / Finn ewes has grown to what you see today.
I spin, knit and weave. We sell our wool as raw fleeces, roving, yarn, felt yardage. We produce about 800 pounds of usable fibre a year. The Finns are being bred for colour (black, brown, grey and white), The fibre is fine and lusterous. The Gotlands are considered a “longwool luster”, and should be shades of grey, from silver to black. I still get some white, because I am up-breeding; most of this years Gotland lambs will be registerable. Gotlands are usually around 28 to 35 microns, but I have some really fine fleeces because of the Finn influence. Both Finn and Gotland are used by spinners, and are highly sought after by felters.
We sell our fibre on line through our web site, and Facebook (both our page and through “Canadian Wool for Sale”), as well as multiple shows, and farm gate sales. Our fleeces have a reputation of being exceptionally clean, and we skirt very heavily. We usually sell roving by the 50gm or 100gm package, but can also do custom amounts. Our fibre is milled at Grand Valley Fibre Company.