FACTS: The population of sheep in the U.S.A. has gone from 54,000,000 in 1943 to 5,300,000+ today. However, the world sheep population has gone from 1 billion to 1.1 billion with most of the increase coming from meat breeds.
Where once east of the Mississippi saw several millions wool sheep, today there are hardly any left. What you see most of are hair-less sheep.
We operate a wool sheep operation consisting of Columbia and Targhee breeds. We also operate a commercial textile mill making wool and cotton blend hand knitting and crochet yarns with customers in every state and Canada, also customers in Spain and Japan. Right now, we buy wool from the Western U.S. to add to our own wool production.
We will offer 4 year +/- wool type breeding ewes for $275, plus our breeding rams for $500.
NOW FOR THE MARKETING:
We will offer to shear the sheep and their progeny: free of charge. We will pay the shearer $4.00 per head with the understanding that free shearing only applies to the sheep described herein, other sheep needs to be paid by the owner. This offer is based on our buying the wool from those sheep at $1.25 per lb. for quality wool with a minimum of 2 1/2" length. No manure or contaminated wool will be accepted. You may sell any wool you wish elsewhere but we will not pay for the shearing for any sheep that we do not get the wool from.
In addition, we will offer to purchase the progeny lambs weighing over 100 lbs. up to 150 lbs. for $200 each. These lambs must be in full original fleece. No sheared lambs are acceptable at this price. You are free, as with the wool, to sell your lambs on your own. We will be enrolling quality shearers who are to treat the sheep in a gentle manner at the maximum of $4.00 per head; no exceptions.
With sheep numbers of at least 50, the shearer will come to your place and you the owner or your help, must properly handle the sheep and wool.
You will pay the shearer up front and with the shearer's receipt in hand you will be reimbursed for that bill when you bring your wool to our mill and you will be paid for your wool (only the wool from the sheep you bought from us and their progeny). If you wish you may make arrangements to bring your sheep to be sheared at our farm and everything can be accomplished right then and there.
Our purchases as above are subject to our needs at the time, but we will try to accommodate you at the earliest possible time. Again, all subject to our needs, also subject to any drastic market changes. This agreement is not subject to change without the written consent of both parties. Virginia law is the Jurisdiction for any disputes.
You can print this letter and sign it by opening the file below. Mail the signed document and deposit to: Cestari Sheep & Wool Company, PO Box 10, Augusta Springs, VA 24411. If you have further questions, you can contact Francis the Shepherd on his cell phone at: (540) 290-8531.