Full Day Class
Thursday, April 20th
9am-5pm with 12pm-2pm break
In the world of sheep and fleeces, mules, mashams, and halfbreds are the offspring of a prolific breed of ram (often, but not always, Bluefaced Leicester or Border Leicester) and a locally adapted ewe. The young are known as mules, mashams, or halfbreds. While not breeds in themselves (some information floating out there to the contrary) and while their raison d’être is the economics around meat production, these groups of sheep grow interesting and useful fleeces.
It’s not yet completely clear which crosses will supply us with fleeces to explore at PLY Away, but this class will offer an opportunity to understand the differences between mules, mashams, and halfbreds; to become aware of their role in the larger world of sheep brreeding; and to discover how nice their fleeces can be.
*In contrast to the mules that come from donkey/horse crosses, which tend to be sterile, ovine mules are fertile.
Material Fee: $35
Level: can spin a single and ply