All sheared for 2016

We waved eleven Rosedean sheep – three ewes, six lambs and two gimmers – off to Sutherland last Tuesday. They’ve gone to a very good home and we look forward to hearing about the progress of this new flock over the coming years.

The shearer was here on Saturday, so all the sheep at our seasonal grazing were brought home on Friday and housed in the barn, because rain was forecast overnight. On Saturday morning, we vaccinated the lambs against clostridial diseases like tetanus, but the tags hadn’t arrived so that’ll be a job for another day.

Shearing went very well – nineteen fleeces are now boxed and ready for packing and delivery to The Natural Fibre Company. Our shearer was tickled pink to see the yarn from his shearing last year and is planning to ask his mother-in-law to knit him some socks with it for Father’s Day.

Ryeland fleece
Ryeland fleece fresh from shearing

We’re thrilled to have had a few orders via our new on-line shop – including one from Alaska and one from New South Wales, Australia. Big thanks to Louise Scollay at KnitBritish for the mention in the recent podcast.

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