Sheepskins back from the tanners

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I butchered these lambs back in March and salted them then. I sent them out towards the end of June and they came in yesterday. I haven't seen them in person yet since they were shipped home but will on Friday!

It is amazing to see how they went from this

To this!
 

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I sent them to Stern Tanning in Milwaukee.

I need to get a better picture of them. My mom just laid them out of the box and didn't fluff or unfold them really.
 

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Oooooooo........makes me want to stick my toes in all that softness! :lol: What are you going to do with them? And if you don't mind, what did it cost to have them processed? If you do mind, just give one of these :smack

:lol: :lol: :lol:
 

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With shipping it averaged out to about $70/ hide. It cost me almost 70 just to ship it out there and I definitely could have cut shipping a little if I had more time( it was a mess), 45 dollars a hide (40 if you send more than 4), and I think about $50 for return shipping.

Right now there's one for me, one for my sister, and two for my parents....I'm not certain that my mom is that big of a fan of them. Since at one point in time they did actually have names. You would have to fight my dad for them :D

Southern- I'm not going to lie...I loved Jacobs before, but now I am seriously considering getting a ewe to raise wethers just for this.
 

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Ah... We have a ewe that we could still use for wool, but it would be nice to raise a bunch of wethers for the hide and meat for the freezer! Since our sheep aren't that friendly it wouldn't be hard to do. :hide
I love how they came out! :love What kind of sheep were they?
 

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mainly Rambouillet and horn Dorsets....A little bit of Suffolk down the line as well.

I have one ewe, well I guess two now since she gave me a ewe lamb, that produces pitch black lambs. If I get any wethers this spring they will most definitely be tanned.

I am hoping that we will have way more black babies with her, her daughter, and then her grandson being productive.
 

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They were yearlings that hadn't been sheared. I would go with at least an index fingers length of wool. These guys were actually midgets at a year old...I had a turkey that dressed out to the same size, but as you can see made fairly decent sized rugs.
 
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