A little about my flerd.
The fleece of the Leicester Longwool is prized by hand spinners and crafters for its curl, soft handle, and lustrous beauty. The fleece generally weighs from 11-18 pounds, although heavier fleeces have been recorded. This premium wool is very versatile, working well for combing for worsted products, carding for woolen products, and felting projects. The Leicester can be shorn twice per year. High luster is typical of the breed. The wool growth for one year for ewes vary from 6 to 14 pounds, for rams 9 to 20 pounds. The fiber diameter is usually 32 to 38 microns. The fleece of Leicester sheep is very distinctive and is an important part of the breed. For more information, please visit: http://www.leicesterlongwool.org/
Nigerian Dwarf Goats
The Nigerian Dwarf goat is a miniature dairy goat breed of West African ancestry. The original animals were transported from Africa on ships as food for captured carnivores being brought to zoos; the survivors were then maintained in herds at those zoos. Nigerian Dwarf goats are popular as pets and family milkers due to their easy maintenance and small stature. However, because of their high butterfat, they are also used by some dairies to make cheese. Nigerian Dwarf does give a surprising quantity of milk for their size. Their production ranges from 1 to 8 pounds of milk per day (one quart of milk weighs roughly 2 pounds), with an average doe producing about 2.5 pounds of milk per day.
One of the oldest of the English breeds of sheep is the Southdown, originating on the South Down hills of Sussex County, England. These small sheep were known for their extreme hardiness and produced meat with unmatched tenderness and flavor then any other breed of sheep. Olde English “Babydoll” Southdowns are outstanding pets who produce wool that is a hand spinner’s delight. They provide organic weeding and make excellent companion animals. “Babydoll” fleece generally runs in the 19 to 22 micron range, which puts the fleece in the class of cashmere. Babydoll fleece also has more barbs per inch than any other wool type, making it ideal for blending with other fibers. For more information, please visit: http://www.oldeenglishbabydollregistry.com
Colored Angora Goats
Colored Angora Goats are an ideal small farm alternative. A manageable size for men, women and youth (mature bucks weigh 125-175 pounds & mature does 80-100 pounds), angora goats have quizzical and entertaining personalities that add to their charm. Their luxurious mohair fiber adds warmth and durability to any garment and is ideal for handspinning and craft use. Mohair ranges from very fine and soft to coarse and scratchy. Kids produce the finest fiber and the first shearing (or fall clip) is the finest of all. These fleeces generally have very little oil, are very soft and are in the range of 20-24 microns. Kids start producing quality fiber by the second clip (spring clip). Progressively, as the animal ages, the mohair gets coarser, and the average fiber diameter increases. Bucks tend to get coarse faster than does, but produce considerably more fleece. Wethers (castrated males) do not coarsen as fast as bucks and produce heavier fleeces than does. Wethers are excellent fiber growers as they don’t have the stress of the rut or kidding and lactation. For more information, please visit: http://www.cagba.org/
The Lincoln Longwool is an impressive, multipurpose, heavily built, rugged, large volume, adaptable sheep with a calm and gentle disposition. The carcass is well-muscled and highly regarded for taste and texture. The Lincoln fleece yields a strong, long, lustrous, wide lock with bold crimp. The fleece is either white or colored. The colored fleece tends to be shaded in color with the darkest wool on the shoulders and legs and silver gray to black on the body. Lincoln fleece is fast growing and heavy yielding by weight. For more information, please visit: http://www.lincolnsheep.com/
The Guernsey was developed in the US using genetics from the rare Golden Guernsey breed. The Guernsey is a golden color, in all shades ranging from very pale flaxen cream to deep russet or bronze. The Guernsey is the smallest of the standard sized dairy goat breeds with a docile disposition which makes the Guernsey ideal for urban goat keeping or those with smaller acreage. In milk tirals, there was an average 24-hour yield of 3.16 kg at 3.72% butterfat and 2.81% protein. For more information, please visit: http://guernseygoats.org/ or https://www.britishgoatsociety.com/about-us/breeds/golden-british-guernsey/
Honey bees, scientifically also known as Apis mellifera, which mean "honey-carrying bee", are environmentally friendly and are vital as pollinators. A honey bee can fly for up to six miles, and as fast as 15 miles per hour and will visit 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip. Agriculture depends greatly on the honeybee, accounting for 80% of all insect pollination. Bees collect 66 lbs of pollen per year, per hive. Pollen is the male germ cells produced by all flowering plants for fertilization and plant embryo formation. The Honeybee uses pollen as a food. Pollen is one of the richest and purest natural foods, consisting of up to 35% protein, 10% sugars, carbohydrates, enzymes, minerals, and vitamins A (carotenes), B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (nicotinic acid), B5 (panothenic acid), C (ascorbic acid), H (biotin), and R (rutine). Honey is used by the bees for food all year round. There are many types, colors and flavors of honey, depending upon its nectar source. Honey is an easily digestible, pure food. Honey is hydroscopic and has antibacterial qualities. Eating local honey can fend off allergies.