Welcome to fibrefarmer.com the website for Broadlands Meadows Farm, your family friendly and local specialist farmer.
On our farm we have alpacas, angora goats and sheep, from these animals we produce fibres, garments and compost products.
We also have donkeys and a few hens to further amuse our visitors.

We are located in Sheet which is part of the South Downs National Park, which offers the beautiful ambiance of the Hampshire countryside with the added interest of animals and their products.

See below for more information.

About the farm

Alpaca

Alpacas

Our alpacas are at the heart of our business. They are beautiful and elegant animals who are interested and friendly while being independent and reserved, their fleece is soft, warm and beautiful. At our farm we breed, raise and sell alpacas.

Angora goats

Angora Goats

Our angora goats are the feisty entertainers of our enterprise. They are the escape artists and the tangled bundles of joy which always cheer the days. Their fleece provides mohair which is not only soft but full of crimp and sheen. Beautiful!

Sheep

Sheep

At Broadlands Meadows Farm we keep the famous and very rare North Ronaldsay seaweed eating sheep (only 600 left) and the even rarer Borerays. The under fibre of the “Ronnies” is very fine and very attractively coloured, 

from creams, to typically coffee browns, through to black. The Boreray fibre is sought after for its outstanding ability to take dye, not only very readily, but enhancing the vividness of the colours used. We are very fond of these small and remarkably agile sheep, and are pleased to help, if only in a small way, to maintain breeds in serious danger of extinction. At Broadlands Meadows Farm we benefit from membership of; The Soay and Boreray Sheep Society, Small Shepherds Club and The North Ronaldsay Sheep Fellowship.

Spun Fibres

Fibres

Broadlands Meadows Farm provides luxury fibres from our range of alpacas and angora goats. Alpaca fleece comes in natural shades of white, brown, black and grey but can also be dyed into powerful shades. Our spun yarns are generally sold in natural shades as the white yarn is fairly easily dyed to personal preference by knitters or weavers.

We use acid dyes to provide colours for our own handmade products. Alpaca fleece is naturally hypoallergenic and warm in use. The material becomes softer with washing and wearing. Angora fleece is soft and has a beautiful sheen. It is known as mohair - as distinct from angora which is the fleece from angora rabbits. Angora goats are white and the spun yarn is light and bright and it takes colour beautifully. We are also building up a collection of sheeps’ fleece because it encourages the survival of endangered breeds and provides different colours and textures.

Fibre products

Fibre products

With such a fine selection of fibres it has been important to develop uses and examples of their strengths. Knitting and sewing, wet felting and needle felting are popular pastimes and once crafters see the products they are more aware of the infinite potential. We work to show knitted products, children’s items & clothing, felted garments and unusual

and original products. We use roller felting, wet felting, embellishing and needle felting to provide products and to inspire ideas. We have dyed fabrics so that we can show and advise on the different techniques.

Carded Fibres

Carded Fibres

We have a selection of carded alpaca fibres which can be used for spinning, wet felting, needle felting, embellishing or even weaving. Craft workers may find other opportunities as they work the fibres. These are provided in natural alpaca fleece in shades of brown, black, grey and white. The white fibres can be easily dyed to personal preference.

Hay and haylage

Hay and Haylage

Sweet wild meadow grasses and flowers are cropped from some 30 plus acres in June each year.  Much of this crop is fed to the livestock at Broadlands Meadows Farm, and the surplus is sold on.

NO artificial fertilisers are used on the land, the plants just grow naturally.
More info and pricing please visit the products page

dougalls oops

Dougall Oops!

Finely shredded and dried Alpaca Poo from our animals fed hay from ours and local meadows.

It's ideal as a top dressing, enlivens compost. Dig it in for superb crops.
Long lasting, slow release.

More info and pricing please visit the products page.

working with people on the farm

Working With People

Broadlands Meadows Farm warmly welcomes visitors ( by arrangement please ) and offers therapeutic time and activities for a variety of people needing that little something extra, different and beneficial.
We are proud to work with Farm Buddies based at Greatham, The Little School of Sheet and Albany Farm Care of Havant, and Fareham.

Contact us to book a visit..

Did you know?

 Alpaca is a specialty fibre that has been described as stronger than mohair, finer than cashmere, smoother than silk, softer than cotton, warmer than goose down, and better-breathing than thermal knits!

 Alpacas were domesticated by the Incas more than 6,000 years ago and raised for their exquisite fleece.

 Alpacas are the only known species to have the right and left sides of their top lips working separately and independently!

 Alpacas are known to spit if threatened!

  North Ronaldsay Sheep have evolved to, and can, subsist almost entirely on seaweed – they are one of few mammals to do this!

  The fleece from an Angora Goat is called mohair and is a luxury fabric!

Memberships

Below are links to our memberships and accreditations, we are especially proud of our CEVAS accreditation which recognises us in our learning and preparation for high quality visits and farm experiences.

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British Alpaca Society

british angora goats society

British Angora Goats

small shepherds club

Small Shepherds Club

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Soay Sheep Society

north ronaldsay sheep

North Ronaldsay Fellowship

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Farm Buddies

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CEVAS access to Farms

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How to find us

Strictly by appointment only

Broadlands Meadows Farm,
Town Lane,
Sheet, Petersfield,
Hampshire
GU32 2AF

We are pleased to welcome all visitors, but to ensure we can give you our full attention please phone or use the contact form to make an appointment. Thanks!

Tel: 07968 437861

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