Free Shepherd Seminar 2: Starting a Flock for Wool Production with Sue Blacker
Saturday, May 2 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Dining Hall
Sue will cover why and how decisions about which sheep breed should be taken, looking at grazing and other systems, and keeping sheep as opposed to other livestock. From there, she will move to discuss the many options for adding value with wool as the primary objective of keeping the flock, and will look at the considerations of planning ahead, marketing and developing a business based on fleece.
Sue Blacker manages The Natural Fibre Company and Blacker Yarns, a UK-based commission spinnery with branded range of knitting yarns. The company specializes in spinning fiber from rare and regional British sheep breeds, also mohair and alpaca along with full organic processing accreditation if required. Sue has a degree from Cambridge University and worked in the City on stock-broking investment analysis before returning to her native Cornwall to have a family, start sheep farming and work in charities, economic and environmental development. A knitter since childhood, she has now woven the threads together!