Fibreshed Case Study

The Rushlade Wool Company

One of few farms in the UK producing merino yarns commercially. The resulting fleece re-localises merino in the Dartmoor landscape combining its renowned softness with the local characteristics of the native breed.

Meet the fibres

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Merino DK
100% Merino Wool
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Dartmoor Merino DK
100% Merino/ Whiteface Dartmoor Crossbreed Wool
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For many designers wool means merino, and merino means New Zealand or Australia. But Rushlade is one of few farms in the UK producing merino yarns commercially. Initially a traditional hill farm focussing on commercial meat breeds, a chance encounter at the local livestock market led to second generation farmers Jessica and husband Russ developing a fibre side to the farm business in 2017 which continues to grow.

Working with an ever-evolving mix of commercial Texel sheep as well as Teeswater, Dalebred and Herdwick, one of the most interesting outcomes from the Rushlade flock is the ‘Dartmoor Merino’ – a Merino / Whiteface Dartmoor crossbreed. The resulting fleece re-localises merino in the Dartmoor landscape, combining its renowned softness with the local characteristics of the native breed.

Hear Jessica in her own words:

About The Rushlade Wool Company

Dartmoor National Park, Devon
Jessica & Russ Steer

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