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Bionic

  • Joined Dec 2010
  • Talley, Carmarthenshire
Re: Heifer born yesterday
« Reply #15 on: August 14, 2015, 03:42:23 pm »
At Wonderwool for the last couple of years there has been a man there with Cotswold fleece and a couple of his sheep on show. His fleece are particurly good and he gets a lot of money for them. His top fleece had already been sold for £100 and was on its way to America after the show. The other fleece were between £30 and £50 each.
Now I'm not saying you would get that amount of money. He looks after his sheep in such a way as to keep their fleece lovely i.e. no vegetable matter in them and I think they are inside during the winter, but there would probably be a market, either on here, on line or at your local spinning guild, for more than you get from the WMB
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Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: Heifer born yesterday
« Reply #16 on: August 14, 2015, 03:49:07 pm »
His top fleece had already been sold for £100 and was on its way to America after the show. The other fleece were between £30 and £50 each.

Jings.

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: Heifer born yesterday
« Reply #17 on: August 14, 2015, 08:10:20 pm »
Rob's Pickwick flock is renowned, and he's been breeding for fleece for handspinners for generations.  Don't get your hopes up that you'll get that sort of money, Dave!

I'm not sure where BWMB would classify Cotswold, but I guess they're paying about £1.00 - £1.50 /kg this year for it.  So about £5-£7 per fleece for yours.

If they're spinnable - and it's a big IF - then yes handspinners would pay a lot more than that for a fleece.  At 5kgs per fleece you should be able to get at least £15-£20 for nice usable ones, and £30 or maybe even more for any that are really nice.

For starters, have a read of the Assessing Fleece page on the Woolsack website
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Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cow, beef cattle, pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing

Brandi

  • Joined Oct 2012
Re: Heifer born yesterday
« Reply #18 on: August 21, 2015, 08:41:37 am »
 :wave: beautiful calf - magic of genetics, she's very near a replica of her Mam isn't she?

daveh

  • Joined Nov 2008
  • South Northamptonshire
Re: Heifer born yesterday
« Reply #19 on: August 21, 2015, 05:16:30 pm »
>beautiful calf - magic of genetics, she's very near a replica of her Mam isn't she?

Yes, she is. When she grows on it will be difficult to tell her apart from her mum at a distance.

Regards, David

Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: Heifer born yesterday
« Reply #20 on: August 22, 2015, 09:18:15 am »
We had two like that - Breeze and her daughter Bonnie. Once Bonnie was two, itwas really hard to tell them apart - Breeze's horns were longer  ::)

 

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