The Dorset is an English breed originating from Southwest England. Traditionally, it is an all white breed that can be both horned or polled (without horns). It is more common to find polled Dorsets, while the Horned Dorsets have been listed as threatened breed on The Livestock Conservancy's priority list. One of the most unique characteristics of the Dorset is its ability to breed out of season and thus lamb any time of the year. Most sheep are very dependent on the seasons to cycle, this is why lambing is commonly associated with the spring. Dorsets also have strong mothering instincts, are good milkers, and have fast growing lambs. While most commonly used in meat production any fiber artist will enjoy working with their unique downy wool.
We are very excited to be participating in the Shave 'Em to Save 'Em program that is being put on by The Livestock Conservacy. We are an offical fiber provider with our Horned Dorset fiber. This program is a challenge encouraging fiber artist of all crafts to use fiber from breeds on The Livestock Conservacy priority list. This is a three year challenge running from January 2019 until December 31, 2021. For more informaton on Shave 'Em to Save 'Em visit rarewool.org . To see what fiber we currently have available from our Horned Dorset flock visit our etsy shop. www.etsy.com/shop/CoveredBridgeFiber