Our sheep are sheared in early summer, mostly by hand although electrical clippers are usually used on the tups (males). We use a local shearer if we need extra help. We sell whole (raw) fleeces which are just as it says - tidied up a wee bit to remove daggings and thistles then sold straight from the sheep.
The fleeces are then sorted into colours and sent (or taken) to Halifax Mill in Yorkshire. We have been having our wool spun here for many years now, and Paul produces a lovely soft-spun product for us. He has also introduced us to new woolly ideas and possible products!
The current year's lambs are not sheared and their first shearing - when they are just over a year old - produces a gorgeous fleece.
Shetland wool is among the finest of all native breeds, with a crimped staple. We notice that some colours produce even softer fleece than others, and this is something we are working on in our breeding.
Our wool is sold on-line here, via Ebay and in the Humbie Hub
The Koru Flock of Shetland sheep was started in 2007, with 6 ewes. Little did we know how soon we would be struggling not to let our love of these amazing sheep take over our lives!
We now have around 80 sheep in total, dotted around Humbie in East Lothian, Scotland.
We try to breed single-coloured rather than patterned sheep but you never know when something cute might catch your eye at a sale....
Our home-grown sheep come in white, moorit, fawn, grey, Shetland black and true black.
Our sheep are friendly and bucket-trained and our older 'girls' are either sold on to good homes or kept on as pets.
Our sheep are registered with the Shetland Sheep Society - an excellent society which works hard to preserve the breed standard on the mainland..