Sheep wool can be sold in many different forms, including dyed or as-is. You can sell wool fleece or wool roving, or you can have the yard spun into skeins. Each of these methods will attract a different buyer. One sheep produces two to 30 pounds of wool per year on average. Fleece refers to the wool pelt from one sheep and can be sold for spinners to clean and spin. Research the yarn and wool market using books and the Agricultural Marketing Service website before selling. Different styles of wool, such as skeined yarn or roving may command more money.
Things You'll Need
- Wool products
Organize and price your wool products. Classify fleece by the type of sheep, such as Merino or Corriedale. Roving is wool fleece that's been washed and carded and is ready for spinning. If your wool has been spun into skeins, list a yard count or weight in grams, since yarn sellers will want to know these things. Any spinnery that's transformed your yarn into skeins will also provide you with this information.
Create a website to showcase your wool products. The website should contain biographic information, descriptions and images of your wool products, images of the sheep you raise and links to yard producers.
Find yarn shops using the Internet or the Knitting Guild Association website. Also, look for yarn equipment, weavers, spinning groups and other handicrafts organizations that use yarn and wool products. Email these shops to let them know that you are a new yarn seller, and ask if they would they be interested in carrying your yarn.
Create accounts on artisan sites like Etsy and auction sites like eBay. Peruse these marketplaces to see how others are selling their wool products. List your wool for sale, including images and a description.
Review Agriseek and other industrial message boards. Spinners, weavers and artisans post their requests for wool on Agriseek's wool section. If you find a buyer who's a good match for your wool, contact her.
Create a list of yarn dyers and yarn spinners using the Yarn Spinners Association and Knitting Guild Association directories. Email these people to let them know you have fleece and roving for sale. Direct them to your website for further information.
List yourself as a member of the National Colored Wool Growers Association and other wool industry networks. Interested buyers can view your contact information, including your website.
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