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We sometimes have wool for sale from our flock of rare breed sheep. Our sheep are usually sheared towards the end of June - depending on conditions. Please feel free to contact us at wool@bonnyrigghall.co.uk or phone 01434 344021 if you would like to enquire about availability.

Rambo th Jacob ram

Our Jacob ram (known as Rambo!). He looks mean - and sometimes acts mean - but only when he's hungry.


Some of Rambo's offspring. A pure jacob on the right, and a pair of Jacob cross bred twins on the left. When the get older, most Jacob cross-breds become all black.

The sheep live outdoors all year round so the wool is mostly free of straw and other rubbish. However, wool is a natural product, and is therefore subject to natural variation and contamination. Inevitably, it is possible to find small amounts of grass, seeds, insects etc. Our wool is not washed, so retains all the natural lanolin, which aids home spinning. We farm to organic principles so our sheep have minimal veterinary inputs, and they have not been dipped in 2006.

We have the following types of wool (subject to availability):


The Jacob allows for creative yarns from one fleece because it is the only pure bred sheep that carries two grades of wool. The white is finer and the black, brown or ginger spots are somewhat coarser

Jacob wool detail Jacob wool


Shetland wool is some of the finest among the UK breeds. It is soft, yet strong and durable, and is a delight to spin. Shetland wool comes in one of the widest ranges of colours of any breed. Everything from the purest white to the deepest coal black. There are 11 main colors and 30 markings. Our own shetlands are either black or light brown (known as morit) or a combination, when crossed to the Jacob.

Shetland wool detail Shetland wool


Herdwick sheep are common on the Lake District fells and have a distinctive thick grey fleece well adapted to the harsh environment. Farmers find that the Herdwick’s fleece dries out quicker than other breeds after rain. It’s hard wearing qualities and natural grey colour has been developed into a wide range of products.

Herdwick wool detail Herdwick wool


The mule sheep was originally a cross breed of the Swaledale ewe with the Bluefaced Leicester ram to create a prolific hardy cross with good mothering and high fecundity. The wool has a staple lengh of 10 - 22mm, fleece weight of 2.5 - 4 kg, and micron range 29 - 33.

Mule wool detail Mule wool


Hebridean wool is dense and basically black but bleaches brown as it grows and may go grey with age, especially on the hind- quarters.



The fleece that the Scottish Blackface has today is the result of selective breeding since medieval times from a short coarse wooled ancestor. The fleece of the modern Scottish Blackface weighs from 1.75 to 3 kg with a staple length of 15 to 30 cm.

various cross breeds based on the above, usually to a Jacob ram