Thomas and Jeanette left their jobs and their small farm in Uppsala to take over Thomas' family farm in 2005. It is outside Sundsvall in the north of Sweden.
Running the family farm is a passion for Thomas and Jeanette. They both work other jobs to keep the farm going. Thomas is a part time fire fighter and an elected member of the Swedish Sheep breed association. Jeanette works at a local shop.
The farm has been in Thomas' family for over 400 years. It sits on a hill with a stunning view of rivers and forests. The sheep have freedom to graze the hills in the summer. In the winter, when there's no food to eat outside, the sheep live in a spacious shed.
They breed sheep for meat and sell it under their own brand. Not wanting to waste, they take care of the sheep skins and sell it in their farm shop and local markets. Thomas even has an apron set that he had made from the pelt.
Thomas tells us he has never been able to make anything of the wool. Twice a year after shearing, they had to throw it away, or burn it.
They have 150 Finull / Dorset ewes whose wool we have booked for our upcoming garment.
A NEW SWEDEN pay them 50 SEK for each kilogram of their wool. This is enough for them to pay for the shearing, which is one of the costs of having sheep. Thomas is very happy to finally sell their wool, and for it to be put to use.