Below you will find details of what we currently have available for sale - both livestock and produce.
To order from us, please contact us so that we can discuss your requirements.
Aged black and white rams.
Black and White Shearling rams
Black and white Shearling ewes
Please contact us for details
We can't predict when clipping will happen this year - it will happen even if we have to do a few a day with hand shears ourselves.!
Please mail us to place an order for this years clip. Last year demand outstripped supply so we cannot guarantee to fill any large orders completely but will do our best to allocate fairly, priority being given to regular customers.
After shearing it takes some time to prepare the fleeces for sale. I can't see us having anything ready before August/ September unless things improve and we can get the shearers in. We normally have some washed fleece available but if, we have it at all ,it will later still.
Any orders for this years clip will not be processed until the fleece is sorted. Let us know what you would like and we'ii do our best.
When ordering it would help if you let us know what you were planning to use the fleece for and the staple length you require - some locks are very tighly crimped and others are more open and easier for spinners whilst felters often look for long, crimped locks.
Occasionally we sell separated locks in small quantities raw or washed to order.
All shearling fleeces are washed on the sheep with cold water.
All other fleeces have had daggings, dirty skirting, matted and crayon marked wool removed. It is generally pretty clean though some ram fleece will need a good wash.
All fleece is bagged in polythene bags, and labelled with weight, staple length, cost and comment on the type of fleece.
We sell raw wool by the whole fleece. It is priced per kilo by the quality of the wool. Weights are between 2.5 and 5 kg.
Shearling fleece,( the first fleece from a sheep clipped as a yearling) is the longest fleece (staple 10" - 14'') is more expensive than fleece from an older ewe which becomes shorter as the ewe ages
A 2- shear or 3- shear fleece is often very nice with a shorter staple but often biggger more open curls ( staple 6" - 10")
A fleece from the older sheep will generally be less in weight and a staple length of 5" - 8"
We may wash a few fleeces by hand and sell them in small quantities.
Every bag has a label with the following information:
Sheep: Identification ear number eg . G 737 or 18/ 123 .( If in this form the 18 is the year born) . If a black/ white ewe (BE / WE) , a black shearling tup ( BShT) etc a white tup (WT) etc .
Grade: My own classification for the fleece based on the length of staple, the crimp, colour, strength, handle , uniformity along the staple and throughout the fleece from A+++ 9 very, very nice ,to A, a good quality fleece, to C, a useful fleece for general purpose , possibly holding together a bit ( though not felted) or very fine, or uneven length staple , or marked, etc
Staple : the length of a strand of fleece in inches , straight not pulled out. There is a variation of this in any fleece but gives a good indication of the length.
Weight: of the pack of fleece in kgs.
Price: in pounds stirling (£, GBP ) including VAT
When I have the fleece ready for sale I will contact you with a list of the fleece I have to offer you, and if you agree I will pack your order, weigh and measure the parcel to get a quote from the courier ( I use different ones to get the best price for destination of the parcel) and invoice you. The invoice will be in GBP. (£ sterling) and if to the UK or (at present) the EU it will include VAT. Buyers from the EU with a VAT number may supply me with that number and I will issue you with an invoice without VAT. For Zero rated countries (eg USA, Canada ) the invoice will not contain VAT. The price for P&P will include insurance. The price for the wool will be agreed with you before I issue an invoice but may vary from the prices quoted below. For UK buyers please let me know if you require a VAT invoice.
Payment: any of the following methods. Details will be on the invoice
BACS; Please ensure that the invoiced amount is paid into our account - any bank charges are are to be paid by the buyer.
CHEQUE: Allow a few days for the cheque to be cleared before posting.
PAYPAL: unless you are friends or family please add 5% to the final amount to cover paypal charges.
Because we make an effort to ensure that your fleece is in the best possible condition before packing it, we do not consider a refund unless the fleece is returned to us in the same condition and weight as it was when sent.
PLease note that these are only a guideline taken from last years prices. We will price the wool after clipping but let you know any changes to this price before you commit to buying.
Note: Fleece prices are inclusive of VAT
NOTE that the price per kilo for raw fleece is for the whole fleece. If you require smaller quantities please add 15% to the price per kilo.
Washed fleece is priced by weight. Prices are the same for black or white fleece. This is the price per kilo for a whole fleece.
Main Flock. £16 - £24 .
Very good (A++ and A+++, mostly 2 or 3 shear £28 - £32
Shearlings £28 - £32.
Very good, (. very long or show fleeces) £34 - £40
This will price a good average fleece at £50 - £80 and shearling from £90 upwards . Smaller quantities add 20% to price /kilo.
Not always available
White and natural coloured. £2 - £4 / 50 gm
Dyed £1.00/. 10gm.
Pony tails ( long single locks ). Raw £2.00 - £3.00 /20gm.
washed. £3.50 - £4.00 / 20gm
dyed £3.50. / 20gm
Rainbow curls ( short curls each lock dyed separate colours). £3.00 /20gm
Natural grey curls £3.00 / 20gm