Sheep Sponsoring or Adoption
I didn't know of any schemes in UK that enabled people to sponsor or adopt a sheep or a share of a flock and receive fleece, fibre or spun yarn from the sheep/flock in return. I've now found a couple of existing schemes and there are some new ones just starting - see below.
It seems that some also offer opportunities to visit the farm to see the sheep/flock, watch shearing and learn how to skirt and prepare fleece. Where the product is a spun yarn there may be information about the spinning of the yarn and/or visits to the spinning mill.
I don't know what the interest for this sort of scheme would be in the UK, although my initial request for information on twitter came through a spinner in Scotland expressing interest in such a scheme.
I'll post any information here I can find about farmers and organisations who are running schemes alone these lines.
Any farmers thinking of getting involved who aren't familiar with the requirements for hand-spinning fleeces might find some of the information linked from this page helpful
List of Adoption/Sponsor Schemes
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Caroline (@woolbothy) who crofts in Caithness, Scotland, is going to run a trial scheme. You can contact her through her etsy shop or through twitter.
Farm Animal Sanctuary in Evesham, Worcestershire has adoption schemes for their rescued sheep and you can purchase fleece from them. I've been advised you could contact them to ask about linking an adoption to getting the fleece from your adopted sheep.
Contact:- e-mail email@example.com mobile:- 07791117425
The Natural Yarn Company - not adoption as such, but you can buy knitting yarn and other wool products from named flocks