Monday, October 13, 2014
Apparently there is a (Local) Wool Market
With all the fellow bloggers complaining about the smell of their Billy goats this time of year I was feeling pretty satisfied with my well behaved (so far) Rams and my "more interested in food than boys" Ewes this weekend.
I finally pulled on the mud boots and went out to take the pasture fence completely apart. I surrender there is just no way the girls are going to be satisfied with only a section of that field. They have tasted freedom and it shall not be denied them. In truth I kinda like the look of them out there in their little group grazing away it really brings on that lovely British Island country-side feeling. I finally just ran an extra line of hot wire above the Ewe's heads but low enough to discourage the old Nag horses from coming out the gate. So far it seems to be working and keeps the horses in but allows the Ewes to come and go out of the barn and through the gate as they desire.
While I was out there working a strange SUV pulled into the driveway. Not an uncommon thing as I get all kinds of people coming by for honey on a fairly regular basis these days so I plodded through the mud up to see what they wanted. Turns out it was someone meeting my Mother.
As far as I know there is no commercial market for the fleece but this is the third year my Mother has managed to sell a pretty significant part of what she has stored and at prices that are at least significant to the bottom line. Last year she sold every bit of excess wool she had and then this weekend unloaded six more fleece at $20.00 each. Looking at it from a purely Sheep cost perspective that $120.00 almost covers the grain bill for six months and there are still at least 18 more fleece left in her storeroom. I also found out she is overpaying the shearer by a significant amount too but I already had that total figured in.
I cannot say if this is a trend or what but there seems to be at least a local demand growing for wool as each customer so far has mentioned they were teaching spinning classes. I was willing to ignore one or two years but with income coming in for three years in a row I think it might be time to start treating the wool as a money making commodity to add to the books.
Perhaps one of my long term projects should be learning to shear em myself. Learning how our shearer guy gets those sheep to fall asleep as he rolls em around would be a good skill to learn.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!