Partners & Links
Since starting our retail wool business about 10 years ago we have slowly built and worked our way to using all the wool the sheep grow at Circle R Livestock Ltd. We are thrilled to now be working with other Ontario sheep farmers to use their wool too. One of our goals it to keep providing a consistent quality product so our partners needed to have a similar breed of sheep, animal care goals and clean wool. We ensure fleece is skirted, sorted and stored properly. We are also able to help these farmers by utilizing their wool and paying them for their product. It’s a win win for everyone!
Like all Canadian farmers we at Circle R Livestock Ltd. and our farm partners take caring for our animals and land seriously. Animal welfare, soil health and environmental sustainability are all key pillars in managing our family farms.
Meet our Farm Partners
Mike and Amber Swidersky at Riverview Ranch care for a flock or Dorset sheep near Shelburne Ontario. Mike shepherds his sheep outdoors year-round with the help of his working Collie dogs and livestock guardian dogs. They are also in a unique position to pasture their sheep along side beef cattle in the summer helping with parasite and grass management. Their location is ideal for having sheep outdoors year-round with lots of sheltered areas and forest. The ewes lamb in the springtime and finished market lambs are sold locally through auction in the fall for local butcher shops.
Matthew and Elizabeth are the shepherds at Waupoos Island Sheep. Located on Prince Edward County their family and sheep enjoy island life. The sheep even take boat rides to their summer pasture grounds. Their hearty Dorset cross sheep graze year-round on their permanent pastures and meat lambs are grass finished.
Asphodel Sheep Co. is operated by Todd and Jennifer Payne in Norwood Ontario. Their large flock of commercial prolific ewes is raised to produce breeding stock for other farmers and high quality meat lambs for local processors. The family focuses on sheep genetics, pasture and sheep forage management and building a successful family farm business. Intensive and intentional pasture and forage management allows for the highest production from healthy and happy sheep.
Meet our Yarn Dyers and Wool Partners
Not only do we dye our own yarns we supply our bases to a number of talented indie dyes who create stunning colour ways and patterns to showcase our yarns. Please email for wholesale or yarn details at email@example.com.
Sweet Paprika Designs - https://www.sweetpaprikadesigns.com/
Based in Montreal, the sister duo of Debbie and Elizabeth create high-quality materials for knitters and crocheters, with a focus on locally-sourced and sustainable products. Their rich and tonal colours ways are perfect for many patterns … including the ones they create specifically for their yarns and colours. Their hand-dyed yarns, kits, and knitting and crochet patterns are all available online and through various retailers.
Akara Yarns - https://www.akarayarns.com/
Rosemarie is the artist behind Akara. She focuses on specialty fibres and colourways that reflect her style on yarns, rovings and batts. Rosemarie enjoys working with raw fleece from local Ontario farms to develop a deeper relationship with wool and local fibre systems.
Alley Cat Yarns - https://alleycatyarns.ca/
Crux Fibres - https://cruxfibres.com/
The Love of Colour - https://www.juliesinden.com/
Rosehill Yarns - https://rosehillyarns.com/
Prim Heriloom Designs - https://www.etsy.com/shop/primheirloomdesigns?
Tina creates stunning handmade dolls and figurines from our wool and other natural materials. Details like wool beards and wool fabric cloaks on her Santa's add a special touch to her pieces. She also creates kits so you can make your own holiday characters and statement pieces.
Industry Partners and Connections