Meet the Flock at Withers Wool
Mounds, the large Rambouillet Columbia cross, is more of a pet than fiber animal at this point. Her value lies in her placid nature. She will follow grain and the more skittish animals will follow. She hangs with the Merino sheep.
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 am selling my purebred Shetlands this year, so contact me, if you would like to see them
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, kid 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 Suri alpacas and 4 Huacayas. I prefer the Huacayas because they have a softer crimpier fleece, but both types have their uses. I almost always blend their fiber with Merino or kid mohair to get a nicer yarn.
These two are named Angel and Josey. They tend to hang together. They are both for sale. They have never bred and will not at this point.
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 also have a full range of natural colors in their fleeces and I am only breeding for the more modern Shetland fleece which has lots of crimp. They are small animals who do not eat a lot, but their fleece is also very light weight.