Color: natural, it does not undergo any colouring process
Free grazing herd in pasture
All processes from shearing until making the blanket take place in Spain
Respectful shearing: manual process by which we help the sheep to free itself from the wool during the summer months
Instructions: Wash cold and do not iron
Limited harvest. Home delivery included.
Delivery country United Kingdom
Final price: 133.63€
Final price: 133.63€
Javi and his brother Pedro have lived in Moheda practically all their life. Their parents have moved to live their when the boys were small. As with many agricultural jobs, the majority of is is learnt from experience and Javi was lucky to learn from his parents.
When Javi was small, he loved to sleep close to the sheepfold of the lambs in order to take care of the ones that had trouble suckling their mother. When his parents could not find him, they already had a suspicion where he could be.
Javi and José Antonio take care for the sheep every day. In the mornings, they are responsible for grouping the sheep that are scheduled to give birth. Sometimes the sheep do not want the lamb, especially at the beginning, and they have to take care of feeding the lamb until the sheep slowly feeds it on its own. Those that have given birth will stay inside the sheds until the lambs are a little older and can go out to the field, meanwhile they are in charge of changing the straw so that they have clean bedding and feeding the mothers a hay of oats so that they produce a lot of milk.
On the other hand, there are the many sheep that are mated with the males, but which according to the ultrasound examinations were not pregnant and are kept separately. They are also responsible for maintaining the fence, since life on the farm with wild animals (deer and wild boar) causes damage to the fences, which they have to repair.
It depends a lot on the season when they have more work. Probably it is the heat in summer when they have to check each sheep individually, as they can run around freely in the fields and catch ticks. This is one of the main reasons why they are shorn so that they are not attacked by insects and are freed from wool fur in the hottest months. In winter and autumn, apart from looking after the sheep, they combine their work with forest care, as the trees require some care and maintenance. In addition to the daily work in the fields, there are always new things to do and improvements to be made.
* Respectful sheep shearing: Once a year we shear the wool off of our sheep. Professional local sheep shearers come to our farm just before the summer months to do this work. It takes a lot of skill to make sure not to fluster or disturb the sheep or damage the wool during this process.
* Sorting and washing: During the shearing we will separate the wool according to its fineness, length and resistance. We also sort its depending on the part of the sheep’s body it was sheared off. We send the wool to wash to remove the fat or dirt from the fields. Location: Béjar, a province of Salamanca.
* Spinning and weaving: Using a mechanical process and after the washing threads are spun, which are later used to make the blanket. We do not color the wool, hence it keeps its original ivory white colour. Location: Val de San Lorenzo, a province of León.
Moheda de Abajo
The farm Moheda de Abajo is situated in mountain chains of San Pedro (Sierra de San Pedro), in the Cáceres province. More precisely, the fields of the farm form part of the valley “Valle de Castellanos”. They are well-known territory for sheep breeding in the Western region of the Iberian Peninsula known as “dehesa”. It’s a forest region with pastures where centenary cork and holm oaks grow.
The sheep graze freely during all year in one pasture measuring 1.020 hectares. The pastures grow naturally and during the winter months the sheep also enjoy the acorns falling from the oak trees. The mild, rainy climate allows for continuous all-year-long growth of the pastures. During the breeding season of the lambs we feed the ews with hay and oats in order for them to produce more milk for the healthy and strong growth of their lambs.
The sheep that are part of the flock of “La Moheda de Abajo” are from the merino breed, originated in Spain. In the 18th century the first merino sheep were exported to France and over the years this extended to the rest of the world due to the high quality of their wool.