Shetland Sheep

Shetland Sheep Ewes

Shetland sheep ewes

Shetland sheep ewes

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We used to raise a lot of Shetland sheep, but due to health problems we sold all of them but a few retirees. There are now 3 left:

Coconut

Coconut

Coconut has a white fleece, and is our oldest surviving ewe.

Papaya

Papaya

Papaya has black fleece, bordering on shaela, which is a dark steely-grey, rather like black frost.  She looks a little ragged in this picture because it’s only a few weeks after she was sheared, and we aren’t very good at it.  (When we had a big flock, I had a professional guy come and shear the sheep.)

And our third ewe is the only one with horns. . .

Valrhona

Valrhona

She literally has some frost on her wool in this picture.  She has moorit colored fleece.

NOTE: We are now down to only one sheep, Valrhona. She was the youngest of the three so is still with us!

Shetland sheep have more colors of wool than any other breed.  It’s also soft and fine, a handspinner’s dream.

For more information, stories and pictures, check out sheep on Rural Ramblings.

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