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needlesboots and whistles

  • Joined Jul 2021
shepherd dreams coming true
« on: July 30, 2021, 03:57:00 pm »
I am getting very close to a childhood dream of being a shepherd coming true. I am new here and hoping to start a small flock of 4 primitive sheep in mid September. I have land, with water and grass and natural shelter. I need to build a proper shelter and think about winter hay needs.I also need to find a sheep buddy in my area to check my sheep if I am away. It would be lovely to find someone who would use my help in return.   I am currently working on finding transport to bring my 4 sheep from the Dundee area to my site in Easter Ross. My sheep will be pets, lawnmovers and providers of wool only. I do not intend to breed or eat any sheep.

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: shepherd dreams coming true
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2021, 08:44:44 pm »
Welcome, and I hope someone nearby takes you up on that! 

Have you chosen your breed yet, or do you not mind so long as they are primitive? 

You say "for wool" - are you a crafter?  :knit: :spin:  (no emotiwotsits for looms or crochet, I'm afraid.  And what could we do for felt... :thinking:)
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Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: shepherd dreams coming true
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2021, 08:52:36 am »
Hello and welcome to TAS :wave:

needlesboots and whistles

  • Joined Jul 2021
Re: shepherd dreams coming true
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2021, 11:57:47 pm »
I have Ouessant sheep in mind. Thank you for the welcome.

:knit:

Mad Goatwoman of Madeley

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Telford
Re: shepherd dreams coming true
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2021, 11:19:05 pm »
Hi and welcome to the forum from sunny Shropshire. If you are not a crafter yourself, you may be able to sell the fleeces to local spinners and felters.  Generally speaking, fleeces aren't worth much but being a primitive breed makes them more appealing to spinners. If you''re not already a member of Ravelry, an on line forum for anything woolie, I would recommend joining and looking for a market among the spinning groups. Most of the groups are American but there are a number for the UK.

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Re: shepherd dreams coming true
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2021, 01:39:01 pm »


You say "for wool" - are you a crafter?  :knit: :spin:  (no emotiwotsits for looms or crochet, I'm afraid.  And what could we do for felt... :thinking: )


 :notworthy: :yippee: perhaps?


Hello needlesboots and whistles and welcome to the native sheep and crafty bit of TAS.  I keep Hebrideans and Soay (plus one Shetland wether) in the south of Scotland, and I spin and knit.  Best of luck with setting up your sheep.
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