Neil and Cara Bookless of Felsted Fleece offer a professional fleece processing service to small flock owners, with a minimum quantity of just one fleece – and a discount for members of the OSS!
For the past 8-years, Felsted Fleece have been processing the fleece generated by their own small flock of Gotland sheep mainly because, with only a few fleeces each year, they could not find anyone willing to do the work for them. Now with 60 sheep, and for the sake of their sanity, Neil & Cara have had to expand their processing to include some industrial-scale equipment.
Cara said: ”When we started with just four sheep, we found it impossible to find anyone willing to process our wool, so we had to bite the bullet and learn to do it ourselves. Using small equipment aimed at the hobby market and the odd fortuitous Ebay find has worked well for the past six years, however, as our flock has now grown to 60 sheep the processing has become a full-time job in and of itself. As a result, we have had to expand our processing to include some larger professional machinery, which means that we are now able to process our own fleece in a matter of weeks, rather than months.”
A by-product of this increase in capacity is that Felsted Fleece are now able to offer a Contract Fleece Processing service to other Micro-flock owners, even if they only need to process a single fleece.
“We are still getting used to our new bigger toys”, Cara explained, “so at the moment we are only accepting Expressions of Interest for Contract Processing, however, we plan to be in full-scale production by the end of 2020.”
You can find out more about the Felsted Fleece service at https://felstedfleece.co.uk/ You can book your processing slot online, although Neil and Cara will discuss your specific requirements before they begin work. The good news for Ouessant owners is that they charge on a ‘weight received’ basis and not per fleece (a Ouessant fleece at around 750g is only a quarter of the weight of a commercial fleece). For scouring and carding this is £8 (no VAT) for each kg of raw fleece received. And OSS members can enter the discount code OUESSc20 at checkout to receive a 5% discount on standard charges and the total cost of any processing you buy. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07384 670900.
Please note that the Ouessant Sheep Society is happy to publicise Felsted Fleece as a service to its members but does not, at this early stage, recommend or endorse their products. If you use the service, please let us – and other members – know how you got on.