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About Shetland Sheep

Shetland wool has the widest range of colors and varieties of any breed with 11 main colors ranging from white to gray to black and from light brown, reddish browns to dark brown and lots of different types of markings. White Shetland wool dyes well, too. If you’re a hand spinner or knitter, Shetlands have wonderful wool. It’s soft, fine, silky, and durable and a delight to spin and knit. Shetland wool can be made into a fine enough shawl to be drawn through a wedding ring!

Shetland sheep are considered a primitive or "unimproved" breed. This means that although they are small and relatively slow-growing, they maintain their natural hardiness, thriftiness, easy lambing, adaptability and longevity. Having retained most of their primitive survival instincts, they are easier to care for than many of today’s "improved" breeds.  

Shetland’s smaller size make them very easy to handle. Ewes usually weigh about 75 to 100 pounds with rams weighing about 25 pounds more. They are an ideal animal for children since they can be calm and docile. Some Shetlands wag their tails when petted!

We are improving our flock all the time. It's hard work getting to that goal you've pictured in your mind. (We've tried too hard and now have more sheep than we can handle!) We'd like you to see our sheep and some of the really cool stuff that can be made with their wool.