Breed category North Ronaldsay

  • Location Isle of Ronaldsay
  • Breed Naturally coloured
  • Fleece Colour Grey/Brown
  • Handle Soft/Harsh
  • Micron Count 32-35
  • Staple Length 4-8cm
  • Fleece Weight 1.5-2.5 kg

Find Out More About The Breed

HERITAGE

The North Ronaldsay has been found in the Orkneys since the last Century. They have adapted to the harsh weather of the Islands.

They are still found on the Isle of Ronaldsay, as well as in specialist flocks across the UK.

SHEEP

The North Ronaldsay sheep breed are small with a little tail. The rams are horned, but not all ewes have horns.

FLEECE

The North Ronaldsay sheep breed have a coarse fleece, with a mix of soft to harsh handle.

Their fleeces are popular with hand spinners, due to the variance of naturally coloured wool.

UNDER A MICROSCOPE

This is a sample of a woollen spun North Ronaldsay yarn, under a microscope.

BREED SOCIETY

Find out more @nrsf.com

WHO'S WORKING WITH THE FLEECE | MAKERS | USERS |

LINKS COMING SOON

Links to makers using North Ronaldsay fleece in their products.

If you work with North Ronaldsay fleece and would like your products to be listed, please email us at: zoe@thewoolist.co.uk

The North Ronaldsay fleece can vary between black, brown, cream and grey

DID YOU KNOW
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The North Ronaldsay breed are classed as 'vulnerable' by the RBST

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