Sheepy Hollow Rachel
Late October 2009There is an ongoing discussion within the Shetland Sheep community about fleece, length of fleece, and double/single coats. Which traits define a real, proper, historical Shetland? I thought about defining my view of the situation...I do have opinions, of course. But my goal for this post is to share information and notes of my experience with a certain fleece line that I have in my flock. I have no intention of proving a point, convincing someone, or drawing a conclusion.
A picture is worth a thousand words...I simply invite each reader to look at a particular fleece type they may, or may not, have ever seen before.
Sheepy Hollow Rachel has, what I consider to be, scadder. It is easy to see in these photos because she is Ag (grey). She gets a mane of black hair behind her head and a strip of this similar hair down her backbone. Her daughter and granddaughter, Sian and Leil, both have this trait.
The other sheep in my current flock do not have scadder.
This scadder does not release when the rest of the neck fleece is experiencing the rise. I cannot pluck it away with the other loose fleece in the early summer.
When the fleeces are sheared, this scadder hair is sheared with the rest of the fleece. These areas of scadder are like small areas of dramatic double coat on a fleece that has a four inch staple with a bit of tip. If I want it removed, it is easy to pull the guard hair out of these locks to make the product more uniform.
Boston Lake Leil
The scadder grows faster and longer than the rest of the fleece. Leil was shorn April 8, 2010.