Rodger Family Farm -- Fiber Mill and Shetland Sheep

Why Our Shetland Wool


Shetland wool:
 Fine, soft and lustrous.


 Shetland wool is well-known among hand spinners for its wonderfully soft handle and for the variety of natural fleece colors. There are 11 official colors, and dozens of marking patterns adding additional variations. The colors range from white to gray to black, and from light fawn to dark brown, with many fleeces which are a blend of several different hues of black or brown.

 Shetland wool can be spun to many purposes, from producing a feathery light lace-weight yarn for shawls, to a more robust yarn for warm outerwear.

 Our fleeces  are soft handling, and have a characteristic staple which tapers to a fine tip. Crimp may be fine or bold, and many of the longer silky fleeces have a fine delicate crimp on close observation.

 In our flock, we want to breed for an ease of rooing and a staple length of 4 to 8 inches. Our fleeces can weigh from approximately (before scour) 2 pounds (for a small lamb fleece) to 3 to 4 pounds for adults.
 Each Shetland fleece is unique to the animal that bears it, and may be unique to the year in which it is grown. Depending on weather, diet, and many unknown factors, an individual sheep may change coloration from year to year. This is particularly true of Shetlands carrying the Agouti (Ag) gene (muskets and greys)

Our wool:

Just as with the sheep, we do every step ourselves. The first step is to roo them. We do not shear and will not allow a shearer near them! Rooing is pulling the fleece from the sheep after they release their coats in early to mid-February (in Oregon).

As a primitive breed, they release their fleece each year and begin to grow another. Each sheep releases at a different rate – so we don’t have to do it all in a day! With some sheep, the wool comes free in small locks, in others it pulls free as a continuous sheet. We are able to skirt the fleece (remove the belly and rear parts that get especially dirty and matted) at the same time we are getting the prime fleece.

We hand pick each fleece, pulling apart matted sections and removing larger bits of vegetation. We then wash each fleece separately in a washer on our property until the water runs clear.  The fleece is dried in a green house and stored in paper bags until carding.

We card each fleece separately and divide the carded fleece into various amounts so you can choose how much of any color you wish.

We when we say handled, we mean handled all the way.
All Batts are $5 oz (1/2 to 3oz)

Ask for color by sheep's name if you have a card from one of the shows.