Meet the Flock at Withers Wool
If I had to keep only one breed of sheep, it would be the Merinos. They have the finest, softest fiber of any sheep breed. My range of colors include white, moorit, chocolate, gray and black. They have huge fleeces!
The interesting thing about Shetlands, is that you cannot predict what color their lambs will be when they are six months old. Lambs are born black, moorit or white and their fleeces change as they age. I have had black lambs turn really light gray and other remain very dark black. I have been crossing my Shetland sheep with Merinos to get finer and heavier fleeces. I have sold my Shetlands, since the crosses are so much nicer.
My angora goats have beautiful temperaments. They produce lovely, lustrous mohair that remains softer a lot longer than traditional angora goats. I have them in a full range of colors. Contact me about adding a few to your herd.
Angora goats are the most fragile of my fiber animals. They do not like to get wet and will not leave the shelters when it is raining or snowing. When they have kids, we have to be there. I am always prepared to bottle feed kids, since I have had kids rejected by their mother, kids who reject their mother or who just do not want to bend under to drink. Kids that are chilled at birth have to be blow dried before they will suck from their mom. But it is all worth it when the first shearing reveals a gorgeous fleece that is like no other in softness and silkiness. Their fiber does not have elasticity, so used by itself, it is best as scarf, shawl or embellishment. Blended with wool, it adds a sheen to a sweater or other project.
I used to have angora rabbits in Tucson, Arizona, a few years ago. Last year I got three French angora rabbits and they have multiplied. Their fiber is lovely and soft and creates a beautiful halo. I have now accumulated enough to start spinning it.
I have two Huacayas left from my alpaca herd. I almost always blend their fiber with Merino or kid mohair to get a nicer yarn.
I love the Shetland for their fiber felting qualities. The first few fleeces may be worn next to the skin, but later fleeces lend themselves more to felting or making outwear.
Shetland wool is springier and loftier than Merino which makes it great for blending with other fibers. I have crossed the Shetlands with my Merinos for very interesting colored fleeces and texture.
I have had to downsize my herds due to my run in with a ram in 2016. Now I have the cream of the crop. Merino, Merino Shetland crosses and angora goats are occasionally available for sale. email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are looking for some awesome fiber animals.