Virtual Sheep & Wool Festival
will be held on a Facebook Group
List your fleeces for sale on “ Shepherds Talk Virtual Sheep & Wool Festival Fleece Sale/Auction” Facebook group.
It is private right now, but when you send us your email and we will add you to the private group so that you can have time to list your fleeces before the Festival begins in late April. Email to VirtualSheepandWool@gmail.com and we will add you to the group while it is still 'private'.
There will be NO SALES until the site goes public when the Festival ‘starts’ and the program goes out. Once we add you to the group you can take your time listing your fleeces. No one can bid or purchase until we make the site public. That gives you plenty of time to take pictures and list your fiber.
When the Festival is over, we will close the group until next time.
Introduce your farm and sheep to folks looking for raw fiber. Remember this represents you and your farm, so you want to enter the very best of your fleeces with pictures. These should be beautiful, healthy, clean, well skirted fleeces suitable for hand spinning. No one wants to purchase fibers and then find that there is much that is unusable due to VM, matting or is just plain too dirty. Newly sheared fibers are the most sought after and believe me a spinner can tell if they get an old fleece!
Please be true in your descriptions and representation as the whole point is for you to not only market your products, but hopefully create repeat customers who will return and purchase more fiber from you and tell their fiber friends how wonderful you and your sheep are!
This sale is for whole fleeces, not partial fleeces. It is free to enter, and you can enter as many fleeces as you like. They must be from shearing within the last 10 months, clean and well skirted (no chaff, burrs, manure tags and second cuts). You might want to include a small washed sample laid on top of the fiber so people can see how it washes up and include a ruler so you can indicate how long the staple is.
Information that should be included:
Breed of sheep Registration number If Crossbreeds – list the breeds involved
Sex of animal: Ram or Ewe
Describe the fiber: Crimp, curl, handle, staple length, amount of lanolin
Staple length (minimum of 3”)
Type of wool:
Fine: Spinning Count 64s to 80s (17-22 microns) (e.g., Cormo, Merino, Rambouillet, etc.)
Medium: Spinning Count 50s to 62s (22-31 microns) (e.g., Cheviot, Columbia, Corriedale, Dorset, Montadale, Tunis)
Down-Type Medium wool (e.g., Hampshire, Cheviot, Clun Forest, Dorset, Shropshire, Southdown, Suffolk, Tunis, etc.)
Long: Spinning Count 33s to 48s (31-40+ microns) (Border Leicester, Coopworth, Cotswold, Lincoln, Romney, Wensleydale, etc.)
Primitive/Double-Coated: (e.g., Icelandic, Karakul, Navajo-Churro, Scottish Blackface, Shetland, etc.)
Put the price you want, OR put ‘Goes to Highest Bidder”.
It is your responsibility to get together with the buyer, collect payment and send out the fleece, we are simply facilitating a place to offer fleece during our Virtual Sheep & Wool