Humans and sheep began their relationship over 10,000 years ago. Today we are at risk of losing some of these heritage sheep. The Livestock Conservancy is concentrating on 22 breeds sheep that are on the Conservation Priority List.
The Livestock Conservancy has long said that the way to save endangered breeds of livestock is to give them a job. In the case of wool sheep, we need to start using their wool again.
How does it work?
Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival is May 7 and 8, finally after two years and we are so excited. Come visit our booth and say hi. We will be selling Jacob and Tunis Rovings, yarns and some fleeces. We have some really neat dyed tunis roving. And you can get your Shave Em to Save Em stickers.
Fiber Artists will be rewarded for completing projects with 5, 10 and 15 different breeds of wool on the Livestock Conservancy Conservation Priority List. We raise two of the breeds; the Jacob Sheep and the Tunis Sheep
1. Enrollment fee is 15.00. You can enroll by going to the Livestock Conservancy website. You will receive your "passport", listing all the sheep breeds with space for your fiber providers sticker.
2. Buy at least 4 oz of wool from providers listed in the Livestock Conservancy Breeders and Products directory. You can buy raw or washed wool, roving, batts, combed top or yarn
3. Begin creating!
4. Share photos of your completed work in the Facebook or Ravelry group
5. Email a photo of your work with passport page and sticker in the photo to firstname.lastname@example.org
6. Receive notification that your photos have been received
We are happy to offer fleeces, roving, batts and yarn from Jacob and Tunis sheep for your SE2SE projects