Shetland Sheep Questions

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by m_herrington, Aug 18, 2008.

  1. m_herrington

    m_herrington Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am a spinner. I am interested in getting shetland sheep for wool.

    Does anyone have any experience with shetlands?
    Do you know if it is possible to milk them or worth the effort?
     
  2. NewHopePoultry

    NewHopePoultry Overrun With Chickens

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    Shetland sheep are very hardy, good mothers, easy lambers and produce plenty of milk.They have exceptional wool quality and hardiness. They are a great breed to own [​IMG]
     
  3. m_herrington

    m_herrington Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From everything I have read about them after seeing them for the first time at the great lakes fiber festival, I am really excited about the possibility of buying some next spring.

    I really don't think I've heard anything negative about them.

    Have you ever milked them? I am really curious about the possibilities... It would be a nice bonus to go with the wonderful fleeces if I could also milk them and learn to make cheese. I know that sheeps milk is supposed to be great for cheese, but could you also use it for butter, ice cream, yogurt etc??

    Thanks!
     
  4. NewHopePoultry

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    I milked the ones I had,but I always used the milk for the animals I was fostering at the time, never for peolpe use, so I wont be much help there,sorry.
     
  5. m_herrington

    m_herrington Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. seymojo536

    seymojo536 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    m_herrington
    Where are you located? If you are ever going by Marysville, OH stop in and pay a visit. We have a flock of 30 and would be happy to share our experiences with you. Besides, they're just fun to play with.
     
  7. walkswithdog

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    Size/WT of shetland sheep? Not a fiber person but we're looking at sheep for the primary fenced area. No goats near my baby orchard.
     
  8. seymojo536

    seymojo536 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ewes will range from 70 -100 lbs. Rams 100 - 125 lbs. Maybe 30 inches tall at the shoulder.
    Here's a link to the association's website:
    http://www.shetland-sheep.org/about_shetlands.htm

    Be warned if you have young trees, they will go after them. Ours seem to eat the weeds first, then the clover/alfalfa, don't care too much for straight grass.
     

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