Country of Origin: Many

Natural Colored

Posted: April 11, 2021

Breed Type: Wool Breed
Country of Origin: Many
Breed Association Website: ncwga.org/

Natural colored (non-white) fleece colors appear in many breeds of sheep, although over millennia, in many breeds, sheep with colored wool have been selected against, as the goal was to produce uniform white fleeces for commercial use. More than 40 years ago, in response to the sustained interest of shepherds and fiber enthusiasts in the broad range of blacks, browns, silvers and variegated fleece genetics that can be coaxed into expression in fine, medium, long, and coarse fleeced sheep breeds (and recognizing the minor breeds that have always valued those colored genetics), the Natural Colored Wool Growers Association was formed to promote increased quality and utility of this natural rainbow of fiber. Today, natural colored sheep have a greater role than ever in the specialty fiber market, and breeders continue to advance the quality and variety of this unique sustainable resource.


This breed presented by

Black Sheep Farm
Martha Polkey
14605 Chapel Lane
Leesburg, VA 20176
(703) 727-5604

blacksheepfarmva.com

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