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woollyval

  • Joined Feb 2008
  • Near Bodmin, Cornwall
    • Val Grainger
Re: Fleeces
« Reply #30 on: August 02, 2010, 06:44:36 pm »
Yes....! I usually buy and sell small fleeces like that, straight from the sheep at £5 if they are good quality clean and rolled....a lot less if poor quality. Shetland can be good but some can be very coarse and poor. Manx is generally nice.
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Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep
Re: Fleeces
« Reply #31 on: August 02, 2010, 09:57:44 pm »
If you want to get a bit more for your fleeces, select the better quality ones and skirt them carefully and pick off any dirty bits or pieces of vegetation.  Roll them carefully and you could sell them for £10 each.  If you want to make a name for yourself as a supplier of good quality spinning fleeces, don't sell the poorer quality fleeces, or label them for hanging baskets or mulch only and sell those for £2.50
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humphreymctush

  • Joined Jul 2010
  • orkney
Re: Fleeces
« Reply #32 on: August 06, 2010, 04:08:59 pm »
Its sounds to me like I have a fairly good deal. I dont really have the time or motivation to skirt them or grade them. She gives £2.50 each for about 30 fleeces all chucked in a bag straight off the sheep and they are certainly of mixed quality.
It would be nice to breed for wool quality but for economic reasons there are about half a dozen factors that take priority when selecting which ewes to keep.

 

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