|When Wyammy Ranch was established as a Quarter
horse ranch by the Slissmans in 1960, JoAnn, who was
an active hand spinner, realized the need for locally produced, high quality
hand spinning wool. The Wyammy Ranch sheep flock was established with the
primary goal of producing premium hand spinning fleece. Each sheep was selected for fleece quality as
well as breed type and good conformation. Romneys were chosen for easy spinning
wool with silky handle and high lustre and for the superior ability of their
wool and feet to adapt to the wet conditions at the ranch location in Western
Sonoma County. These sheep produce white and colored wool. A few Targhees and
Corriedale were added to produce softer, finer fleece and for greater range of
The sheep flock is yearly maintained
at about 30 ewes due to limited space. Ewes and lambs are
sold annually to keep the flock size manageable
and work load reasonable. All sheep wear blankets throughout the year to
protect the fleece from weather and sun damage and produce the cleanliest
On shearing day, fleeces are skirted by other hand spinners and
prepared for sale. Many are bought by spinners that same day. Shearing day is
open to the public.
Visitors are welcome throughout the year by appointment.
Contact the ranch if you are interested in seeing or
purchasing sheep or fleece, or watching shearing in the beautiful coastal
redwoods of Western Sonoma County.