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Hi, I'm Val at Newland Ranch - way out on the great grassy plains of Saskatchewan, Canada. I learned to process, spin and weave our wool after I got my first flock. A big learning curve in the beginning but absolutely necessary. And the learning will never end in this life time. I have Master Spinner level 3 and have completed the pre-requisite for Master Weaver level 1 (Olds College, Alberta).

Our small flock has lovely ewes, wethers and rams - Corriedales & crosses (some crossed with Arcotts, Romney, Merino, Rambouillet, Columbia), a flock of Black Welsh Mountain and Blue Faced Leicesters and crosses. Our newest additions are Cotswold ewes with Cotswold cross lambs and a Lincoln Long Wool ram. I also source some fleeces from my neighbors who have different breeds than me, namely Clun Forest, North Country Cheviot and Ille de France and crosses of these…

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  • Born on April 20
  • Joined May 1, 2008

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About

Hi, I'm Val at Newland Ranch - way out on the great grassy plains of Saskatchewan, Canada. I learned to process, spin and weave our wool after I got my first flock. A big learning curve in the beginning but absolutely necessary. And the learning will never end in this life time. I have Master Spinner level 3 and have completed the pre-requisite for Master Weaver level 1 (Olds College, Alberta).

Our small flock has lovely ewes, wethers and rams - Corriedales & crosses (some crossed with Arcotts, Romney, Merino, Rambouillet, Columbia), a flock of Black Welsh Mountain and Blue Faced Leicesters and crosses. Our newest additions are Cotswold ewes with Cotswold cross lambs and a Lincoln Long Wool ram. I also source some fleeces from my neighbors who have different breeds than me, namely Clun Forest, North Country Cheviot and Ille de France and crosses of these.

Ethical and sustainable farming methods are incorporated into ever stage of raising our sheep and farm life. We strive for simple, happy moments and hope we can share some of that with you by supplying wool - the great renewable and sustainable resource that gives warmth to the world!

FARM NEWS
September 2014 - A special trip to Alberta to take a couple Black Welsh ewes. After genetic material was analyzed this year, there is an "endangered" cluster of Black Welsh in Canada. All animals from this cluster (3 farms in Western Canada) will be gathered at one farm, and a special breeding program will be started this fall.

August 2014 - Much to my surprise and delight, I was able to purchase a Lincoln Long Wool ram this summer. "Hamish" came to me via the "Canadian Classic" held in Toronto Canada in July. He will be in breeding Cotswolds and BFL ewes. Looking forward to the offsprings in 2015 and their first wool clips in Spring 2016!

July 2014 - 3 Corriedale ewes and their ewe lambs, along with Corrie ram Jethro went on a road trip. Their new owner is a very talented artist who does gorgeous oil paintings, and amazing Needle Felted wool pictorials. She is looking forward to have Corriedale wool to work with. During that same time period, tragedy struck when my BFLx ram "Daniel" died in a violent thunderstorm.

May/June 2014 - A lovely lamb crop this spring. There were 3 breeding groups: Cotswolds and Cotswold crosses bred to "Arthur", a Blue Faced Leicester x North Country Cheviot. The Corriedales and Corriedale crosses were bred to "Jethro" a handsome Corriedale ram. The Blue Faced Leicester and BFLx ewes were bred to "Daniel" our BFL x Corriedale ram.

Visit us at
http://lifewithsheep.blogspot.ca
&
http://www.ourblackwelshmountainsheep.com/
& on Ravelry I am "lifewithsheep"

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