Ananda Hills Farm breeds sheep for a soft fleece, to meet the breed (North American Shetland Sheep Association), and to do well in a farming system that is managed organically with a focus on healthy pastures and soils.
The sheep here graze year around and are supplemented with good quality local hay as needed.
The size of the flock averages 15-20 sheep, with a small number of new lambs born each spring.
Shearing typically occurs in March or April, at which time fleeces are available for purchase. Additionally, a small portion of the yearly shearing is put into yarn by a nearby mill.
As of August 2018 my mature ram Lightning McQueen is for sale -he has done great things for fleeces -increased density, softness, luster and spots. Now he is related to many of the ewes so it is time for him to go do some good work elsewhere.
Additionally there are still a few lambs unspoken for from this year.
Knitters' groups especially are encouraged to visit and learn where their wool comes from! I am happy to arrange a formal tour tailoring it to the interests of your group.