May 18, 2012

Gotland lambs

One of the purebred Gotland ewe lambs on first grass at approximately 6-8 weeks of age.  Lambs are born black with some white markings on the face and then fade out to various shades of grey as they mature.  Fleeces are already starting to show their characteristic lustre and curl!

 A long shot of a couple of Gotland ewes with some of their babies.  You are seeing the ewes with about 6 months worth of wool at this point.  They were shorn in early May and now I will try and get them on a schedule that permits clipping every 7-8 months.  Fleeces are quite lovely and are characteristic of other long wool breeds.  S shaped tapered locks with lots of lustre. Softness varies a bit with the base breed of the animals but fleeces are quite fine and lovely to spin and work with.