Can someone help a newbie? Pricing question

Discussion in 'Sheep' started by Sasha, Jun 1, 2006.

  1. Sasha

    Sasha Well-Known Member

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    I would like to buy a sheep or two, hoping to spin the wool and all. We met a woman who has a Shetland sheep farm and she seems to be a wonderful lady, the type who you could call with any question and would try to help you out (this is important to me).

    What is a fair price, even a ballpark since I understand that it might be regional, for registered and unregistered purebred Shetlands?
     
  2. MorrisonCorner

    MorrisonCorner Mansfield, VT for 200 yrs

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    I think the farm selling them in VT has them between $350 and $500. T
     

  3. Sasha

    Sasha Well-Known Member

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    Thank you! It looks like her prices are more than fair.
     
  4. seymojo536

    seymojo536 Well-Known Member

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    Sasha,
    Trust me on this, you can't buy just one. These little guys have a way of getting to you. If you are just looking for a wether for the wool expect to pay $100 or less. for a registered ewe 300 is not out of line, for unregistered, about half that. it really depends on the linage and the color. some are more desirable and command a premium. You will be hard pressed to find an unfriendly Shetland breeder. Good luck on you new adoption, how about a picture once you make your purchase?
     
  5. Sasha

    Sasha Well-Known Member

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    I trust you! I'm sure that we'll build a flock as finances allow. Thanks so much for the specifics.

    I'll absolutely post pictures. :)
     
  6. Sasha

    Sasha Well-Known Member

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    We got them yesterday! Here is Lavender:

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    and her lamb ram Basil:

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    We're going back for one more probably next week.
     
  7. frazzlehead

    frazzlehead AppleJackCreek Supporter

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    Oh they are lovely! That momma has such a pretty face, so ladylike!

    I am trying to settle on a breed for my own 'flock' of wool sheep ... contemplating a few different options, and waiting to see what falls into my lap. ;)

    I am sure you'll enjoy these!
     
  8. Sprout

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    whoo so expensive for such little sheep. Honestly fair though. I think $500 is a little on the high side I would pay that for a direct import or a ram. I wish the sheep industry was as popular as the cattle industry we'd have all sorts of interesting breeds available. I love the little black one.
     
  9. backtotheland

    backtotheland Well-Known Member

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    They are absolutely lovely. I just purchased three Icelandic ewes and ended up with five Icelandics because my one ewe was pregnant and the breeder didn't know it. I only paid $300 for all of them. In addition to those three my friend who raises Finns gave me a whether. And to think I wanted to start an Alpaca farm. Now I'm doing angora rabbits and Icelandic sheep.

    Good luck with your new friends.

    Donna
     
  10. flannelberry

    flannelberry Pure mischief

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    Those guys are really sweet. I am definitely getting hooked on sheep.
     
  11. ShortSheep

    ShortSheep Well-Known Member

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    Sasha, welcome to the wonderful world of Shetlands! Lovely looking fleece on Lavender.
     
  12. wishomesteader

    wishomesteader Well-Known Member

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    we purchased ours from the amish for $1 per pound. I have 2 of them...a boy and girl and I plan to breed them and sell them. I started with one and now went and got my second one day before yesterday. Good luck. I hope to have a sheep farm and sell them.
     
  13. MullersLaneFarm

    MullersLaneFarm Well-Known Member

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    Wonderful choices!! Lavender's fleece looks beautiful & very spinnable! Will Basil be wethered? His black lamb fleece will be gorgeous! Are you going to cover them?