are breeding sheep of Finnish Country stock. At the moment we have 40 ewes and
they are of white, black, brown and grey colour. The sheep give us wool that becomes
yarn, skins, meat, and also manure that can be used as fertilizer on the fields
after composting. Furthermore, the sheep make perfect landscape preservers.
In summertime and all the way until autumn the animals are grazing outside, and
some of them are transported by boat to small islands in the neighbourhood. Here
on the arid shores of the archipelago, the sheep are excellent landscape preservers.
moving and collecting the sheep we get help from our two Border Collier working
dogs. This dog breed is specially suited to work with sheep and it's the best
thing they know!
sheep get sheared twice a year and the wool is being sent to a spinning mill.
From the mill the wool is sent back as yarn of different types. From the yarn
we are knitting and weaving various products, for example socks, gloves, hats,
shawls. We are also colouring the yarn using plants that grow here in the archipelago.
The products are being sold at the Summer Market in Pellinge or directly from
the farm. The skins are also being preserved, curried and sold. They have become
very popular to use in the children's pram, on the carseat or in the favourite
chair at home!
springtime, March-April, the lambs are born in the shed. One ewe ("mother sheep")
gives birth to 1-4 lambs at a time. The female lambs are allowed to stay with
their mothers until autumn while the male lambs are being transported to some
island in May for "male-grazing"!
autumn when the sheep are collected, some are moved further for breeding and others
go to slaughtering. The meat is sold by orders.
Saturday each summer we are arranging a thematic "Sheep-Saturday" at the Pellinge
Summer Market (Pellinge Sommartorg). On that day we are bringing with us some
ewes with their lambs. Moreover, we offer a demonstration on how yarn was traditionally
produced at the spinning wheel as well as a demonstration on needle feltmaking.
We have had a very positive response to this event and will try to reorganize
it again next summer.
CONTACT US IF YOU OR ANY OF YOUR FRIENDS IS INTERESTED IN YARN, SKIN OR SHEEP
TEL 0400/ 44 84 85 (Camilla) firstname.lastname@example.org