Fleece has always played an important part in farming, and the wool trade is currently relatively strong after a lengthy depression. Just as there are specific words for counting sheep (Yan, tan, tethera, etc) there are also words that are used for counting weights of fleece. These are no longer used today but were vitally important when farmers were selling their fleeces. 7lbs of fleece is a clove, two cloves are a stone. Two stones are a tod, six and a half tods are a wey. Two weys are a sack and 12
Fleece and Fibre
The Castlemilk Moorit has an interesting history. While some sheep breeds have been around for centuries or have been developed for better meat or fleeces, this breed’s purpose was primarily aesthetic.
It is that time of year again, when our woolly friends are looking decidedly shaggy and a little bit warm. Many people have already sheared, especially if they are intending to show their animals, however those who don’t have shelter, or don’t intend to show are still planning ahead. We often get asked the best way to handle fleeces destined for the mill at shearing time, so we’ve put together our top tips which should help you out in the shearing shed.
I spent the day on Wednesday and again on Saturday in the Shearing Shed at the Bath & West Show, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.