Articles by Suzanne Tietjen
March 5, 2019
The quality of a sheep's fleece is determined by the quality of the shepherd's care, writes once-shepherd Suzanne Tietjen. The shepherd's presence may seem a hardship to the sheep when they resist coats, vaccinations, and fences. However, what the sheep can't see is that the only thing they need to do is abide.
I, their shepherd, couldn’t grow wool myself, but I harvested good wool because I loved the sheep and took care of them The fault in the fleece often lies with the sheep, but the quality of a flock’s wool depends on whose they are Most sheep grow white or off-white wool, but ours, bred from the occasional black sheep any commercial shepherd would reject, grew amazing-colored wool: ebony, silvers, grizzled grays, and countless shades of chocolate