Sheepskins

We are currently low on our stock of sheepskins. There will some returning in early winter but after that there will not be a regular replacement of pelts as we are planning to phase out the freezer lamb trade which will also eliminate our sheepskins. We will try to source other sheepskins from the butcher when possible and have them tanned. Pelt types will vary!

If you are ordering over $200 of pelts, or are outside of the US, I will contact you regarding actual shipping charges.

Email robin@NistockFarms.com


Beautiful, soft, fluffy machine washable sheepskins in a variety of colors. (See washing instructions at bottom of page.)  All our pelts come from our lambs who have gone into our freezer trade.  We always tan all our lambs' pelts, and bones and trim from the carcasses is used by people who raw feed their dogs so very little goes to waste.  We feel that it's another way we can be respectful of their lives.

Sizes are roughly 2.5 feet wide by 3.5 feet long with edges that are somewhat irregular. (Sheep shaped!)  Exact measurements of the leather side are given for each pelt.

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This Cotswold pelt has wool that's quite white with nice luster and curls. The wool is about 3.5 inches long.  There are three cuts in the leather which can't be seen from the wool side (smallest is .5 by .5 inches, largest is 3.5 by 1.5 inches) and one corner is a bit irregular although it isn't too obvious from the wool side. This pelt measures 26 wide by 33inches long.

$129.00

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This Cotswold pelt isbutter color with nice curls overall. The wool is about 3 inches long and there is a small amount of coarser/straighter wool right at the edge of the pelt on the britch. There are three small cuts in the leather which can't be seen from the wool side (largest measures 2 by 1 inch) and an irregular divot at the neck measuring about 4.5 inches deep but which isn't very obvious from the wool side. This pelt measures 24.5 wide by 39 inches long (not counting tail).

$139.00

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This Cotswold pelt is cream color with high luster, disorganized curls.  Some are wavy, some are a bit more curly but the shine is nice overall. The wool is about 3 inches long.  The pelt is symmetrical in shape and there are no cuts in the leather. This pelt measures 26 wide by 39 inches long.

$139.00


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This Cotswold pelt is gold color with loose wavey curls.   The wool is about 3 inches long with high luster.  There are two small cuts in the leather near the edge (at 2 o'clock and 8 o'clock on the lower photo) but they can't be seen from the wool side. The pelt is symmetrical in shape and measures 25.5 wide by 39.5 inches long.

$139.00


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This Cotswold pelt is gold color with tighter curls.   The wool is about 3 inches long with moderate luster. There are no cuts or defects in the leather. The pelt has a nice symmetrical shape and measures 26.5 wide by 39 inches long.
$139.00

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This two-tone Cotswold pelt has tight curls.   The wool is about 3 inches long with moderate luster.  Coloration ranges from dark gray at head and hand legs to very pale silver gray over the body.   The pelt is symmetrical in shape with no cuts in the leather and measures 28 wide by 40 inches long.
$189.00
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This two-tone Cotswold pelt has loose waves instead of curl.   The wool is about 3 inches long with high luster.  The coloration is mostly pale gray with just a bit of darker gray at neck and sides.  The pelt is symmetrical in shape with no cuts in the leather. It measures 27 wide by 40 inches long.
$189.00
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This two-tone Cotswold pelt has wavy curls with nearly straight wool at the britch.   The wool is about 3.5 inches long with moderate luster.  The coloration is quite sharply defined between a dark gray neck and pale gray body.. The pelt is symmetrical in shape with just 2 tiny nicks in the leather on the edge. Pelt measures a large 28 wide by 44 inches long.
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Salvaged Pelts

The following pelts are not from our flock.  Sometimes people who bring their sheep or lambs in for processing don't want the hides and so they would be discarded along with inedible carcass material.  This seems like an awful waste to us so we asked the slaughterhouse to alert us when sheepskins would otherwise be thrown away.  If they are free of defects (no matted wool, no insurmountable amount of hay or chaff in the wool) then we prepare them as needed and send them out for tanning.  We do our best to describe exactly what they appear to be but some aspects such as breed may be an educated guess.

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This cream color shearling pelt is from a 4H market lamb.  The wool has been trimmed for show and is just 1/8 inch long, matte with no shine and feels like crushed velvet.   There are no cuts and no wool loss.  There are 2 tiny nicks in the hide but they are on the very edge and won't interfere with any purpose. With the wool being so short the pelt offers little cushioning but would make a nice surface over something else where a little insulation is desired.  Or, a crafty person may think this is awesome for lining slippers, mittens or a jacket.  The pelt measures 27 inches wide by 39.5 inches long.
$89.00

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This cream color shearling pelt with a faint number is from a 4H market lamb.  There's probably a deep philosophical lesson to be learned here as the number 42 is the answer to the meaning of life, the universe and everything, as anyone familiar with the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy can tell you. The more obvious lesson is that the 4H show folks use a marking paint that doesn't fully disappear during the tanning process. The number is actually not quite this bright - I goosed around with the photo fixer so it shows better in this description. There are also 2 small dark dots of black wool over the hips but there are no cuts or defects in the hide. The wool is matte and about 1/8 inch long. With the wool being so short the pelt offers little cushioning but would make a nice surface over something else where a little insulation is desired.  Or, a crafty person may think this is awesome for lining slippers, mittens or a jacket.  The pelt measures a large 28 inches wide by 42.5 inches long.
$89.00

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This cream color shearling pelt with an irregular shape is from a 4H market lamb.  The wool is matte and about 1/4 inch long. There are no cuts but a few very small nicks at the edges which won't interfere with any purpose. With the wool being so short the pelt offers little cushioning but would make a nice surface over something else where a little insulation is desired.  Or, a crafty person may think this is awesome for lining slippers, mittens or a jacket.  Instead of being rounded outward there's a scoop contour through the neck area. Pelt measures 30 inches wide by 36 inches long (tail to lowest point of the scoop neck). .
$89.00

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This smaller cream or pale gray shearling pelt is from a 4H market lamb.  (If it's gray, it's a very pale gray.) The wool is matte and very short at about 1/8 inch long. There is one small hole measuring .5 X .5 inches (see the red background showing through at left). With the wool being so short the pelt offers little cushioning but would make a nice surface over something else where a little insulation is desired.  Or, a crafty person may think this is awesome for lining slippers, mittens or a jacket.  Pelt measures 24 inches wide by 34 inches long and is quite symmnetrical in shape.
$79.00

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This pale gray shearling pelt is from a 4H market lamb.  The wool is matte and very short at about 1/8 inch long. There is one small cut ( 1 inch long by .25 inch wide) at the brich area but it barely shows from the wool side. With the wool being so short the pelt offers little cushioning but would make a nice surface over something else where a little insulation is desired.  Or, a crafty person may think this is awesome for lining slippers, mittens or a jacket.  Pelt measures a large 28 inches wide by 40 inches long and is quite symmnetrical in shape.
$89.00

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In the immortal words of Monty Python.......

"....and now for something completely different!" 

Below are some pelts from Barbados Blackbelly Sheep.  Additional info and images here. This breed is in the "hair sheep" family, being real sheep (not goats) but having no wool, only slick hair like a deer or goat.  They are currently recoving in numbers but still listed with the Livestock Conservancy as needing attention.  These animals came into the facility that handles our freezer lambs and the owner did not want the hides.  Rather than see them go in the waste barrels the butcher asked us if we'd be interested in taking them.  They were in good shape and undamaged so we decided to have them tanned as ours are and offer them here.  They are way different from our pelts - these are not cushiony (no wool, remember) but they are very striking in color and have a 3D ridge of hair that stands up along the spine.  They look like an exotic antelope hide of some kind but they are from domestic sheep used for human consumption just like the wool breeds are.  If you are looking for an accent item for your loft, studio, business, etc, this may be just the thing.  We would NOT recommend them for heavy use on the floor, but for decorative purposes. 

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barbados blackbelly pelt

leather side pelt

A somewhat smaller pelt measuring 22 inches wide by 38 inches long excluding tail (tail measures 5 inches).  Short fringe of hair which would hang beneath the throat shows only red and a tiny bit of black underneath.  The ridge of hair is minimal on this pelt and lays somewhat flat.  There is a bit of down showing through the hair that gives it a slight fuzzy gray look.  There are no cuts in the leather.

$79.00

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ridge of hair on pelt

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barbados blackbelly pelt

leather side barbados pelt

A large pelt measuring 24 inches wide by 47 inches long excluding tail (tail measures 3 inches).  This pelt has the biggest ridge of hair being quite wide and extending about half the length of the hide.  Long fringe of hair which would hang beneath the throat shows red, gray and black and black underneath.  There are no cuts in the leather.

$99.00

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ridge of hair on pelt

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Suggested Uses


Car Seat
  Sooo warm in the winter, yet cool in the summer (really!). Keeps you from getting 'sweaty back' syndrome.

Office Chair
  Be real comfy while you work; great gift!

Older Persons
  Pure comfort for those who sit a lot.

Wedding Gift
  Really, who uses a blender that much?

Wheel Chair
  Get spoiled with a more comfortable ride!

Sleeping Aid - Bed
  Under the bottom sheet to help ease chronic pain.

Bedside Rug
  Imagine putting your feet on this every morning!

Decorative Accent
  On the back of your couch, middle of your bed, etc.

Pet Bed
  Spoil your favorite four legged friend.


 

Washing Instructions for Sheepskins

(as per the tanner's recommendations)

1. Rinse with cold water to wet the sheepskin.

2. Wash with liquid Ivory soap in warm water on GENTLE cycle for only 3 minutes. Longer washing time felts the wool.

3. Rinse in warm water TWICE with no agitation. Allow to go through the spin cycles.

4. Allow to air dry. Sheepskins can be blocked (pulled on) while drying to keep their shape and softness. Use a hairbrush to fluff the wool after drying if needed, or BRIEFLY tumble in NO HEAT dryer to fluff the wool.

NOTE* While Nistock Farms has had good results with this method, we do not guarantee your results. Use caution laundering sheepskins. Dry cleaning is always a viable option.

 
   

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