Who is the Serendipitous Shepherdess?

Hi!  My name is Shiloh, and I am the Serendipitous Shepherdess!

I'm a happily marries mother of two teenagers, Lover of music and books and... well  there is too much to list, so on to the important stuff.

My journey with sheep began in 2018 when my mother and I rescued a flock of sheep that had been neglected for 2 years. 

After bringing the sheep home they finally saw a vet, had their hooves trimmed and were sheared.  What lay beneath 2 years of matted wool were emaciated creatures who weighed less than half of their healthy weight.

Thanks to the guidance of our dear shepherd mentor, Kathleen Meeks of Maybelle Farm, we spent the next year of intensive care and feeding of the flock.  We did not loose a single sheep! 

The sweet timid and frightened and in one case aggressive, critters changed over that year, becoming affectionate, social and outgoing (with an occasional butt-head moment from the aggressive boy).

^Shiloh & Bob^

Since acquiring the rescue/starter flock (of which Bob was one of)

we purchased several Ewes from the wonderful Hythe Farm, owned by Nan Norseen in Mass. 

With the addition of these pure-pred, show quality, registered Shetland we started our quest, well quests.

The first focus was color, but between my mother and I we ended up covering all the natural colors that Shetland come in, and we have at least one of each now!

But beyond that I decided I wanted to restore the breed to their more primitive traits, the ones they had in 3,000 BC when the Norse people would stroll among their flocks 'picking' the wool from the sheep.

Thats right, picking!  Back then sheep still shed naturally!  Along with that trait I am also focusing on returning them to have the multiple length and fineness/coarseness.  Most folks breed Shetland for fine wool, and while we have a fair number of excellent quality fine fleece sheep, a number of our sheep already have the traits I am shooting for; Shedding, multi-length staple, fine- coarse wool.

You may be wondering what the benefit of such traits are?

Well...  Shedding means little to no shearing needed, which means less chance of injuries (Our shearer is totally awesome though and we have never had any problems!)

As to the  multi-length staple and fineness/Coarseness, well The Norse used wool for SO MUCH!   from the clothes they wore, to rugs, tapestries, and other decor (even as stuffing for beds and pillows and insulations in their walls) to Ropes, Sails, netting and more!  Thats right!  Thanks to the durability of the wool, of which Shetland is one of if not THE strongest, and it's naturally water resistant nature, Wool worked wonderfully for these outdoor, high use items.

Ok enough of me showing my history nerd side!

Everyday I learn something new

Since the sheep came into our lives every moment of my day is spent either with them, doing something for them or processing the beautiful wool they give us. In those hours that the weather is rotten, the chores are done