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For Farmers

Our services are aimed at small scale shepherds, whether you have one favourite sheep that you want to process the fleece of, or a small batch - transforming their precious wool into rovings, yarn etc ready for crafting!

In time, to produce our own Highland Wool Yarn, we will also be purchasing some fleeces at a decent price... so get in touch if you'd like to sell us your fleeces!

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Breeds

There are so many different breeds and crosses, and each of their fleece types have qualities to make them suitable for various purposes.  The Woolist has a great guide to get you started.

Shetlands spin up lovely soft yarn, Hebrideans make gorgeous felted fleece rugs, Cheviots have bouncy fleeces good for filling cushions, Scottish Blackface have hardwearing fleece for rugs and carpets.

Sheep Care

Fleeces show the tough times of the year, so good nutrition and minerals are really important for a good fleece - to prevent breaks and ensure high quality fibres.  Shelter can help with crotting, your method of feeding (particularly hay) can make a big difference to how clean the fleeces are, as can the seeds and field scrub present.  Minimise markers and paints too.

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Fleece Preparation

All fleeces sent to the mill will need to be skirted, cleared of all dags and clags, with any vegetable matter picked out.  Though the mill will do some picking too, and some will fall out during the carding process, how thoroughly picked through the fleece is initially will determine the vegetable matter content of the final product.  

Type of processing

The type of processing that suits you will depend on:

  • the sheep you have, their fleece type and condition

  • the use you or your customers will put it to (eg rovings for hand spinning, batts for felting, yarn for knitting)

  • how much you want to invest  in the processing

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