ABOUT

 

 

Lowder Colours Farm

Kate and Michael Lowder have been raising sheep since 1992. They began with Natural Colored Rambouillets and added Karakuls a few years later. Eventually they acquired several 25% and 50% Wensleydales and Teeswaters from Kate’s mother, Barbara Burrows of Ewes in Color. Kate and her mother share a love for colored sheep, and it was with Barbara’s assistance that Kate established her own personal flock in the early 1990s.

Two Bond Rams were purchased to help bring a bit more length and fineness, and build up the moorit color genetics with the Rambouillet and crossbred ewes carrying the moorit color gene. In addition to the Bonds, the Lowders added two moorit badger Rambouillet ewe lambs. With Fall came the 68% and 71% Wensleydale ewes, a 75% Wensleydale ram, and a 75% Teeswater ram. The next spring brought 42 lambs, a good start to the growing farm.

Kate and Michael are constantly working to improve the quality of their flock and fleeces through coating or not coating, and selective breeding. The goal to have the highest quality fleeces for hand spinners is one Kate works toward through her breeding program and personal research into hand spinners’ and fiber artists’ desires. as well as her participation in local hand spinners’ guilds, and her independent studies and hobbies in hand spinning, felting, knitting, crocheting, and weaving have provided tremendous insight into the needs and wants of the hand spinners, fiber artists, yarn shops that buy her fleeces, rovings, and yarns.

Kate’s involvement in the fiber and shepherding communities is not purely a personal journey, but is also a professional one. She joined the Natural Colored Wool Growers Association (NCWGA) a year after she began her own flock and has been an enthusiastic member and supporter ever since.

 

She has organized and presented programs on wool breeds and purposes and a hand spinning demonstration for the local 4H and FFA chapters. The Tulsa HSG received their own presentation on “Fine, Medium, Coarse, and Long Wools. Which is what and what can I make with it?”

Kate’s participation with the Master Spinner’s program with Olds College began in 2006 with her completion of Level 1 of the program. She published her own article about the experience with Fiber Femmes,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2007, the Lowders organized the first “Fiber Christmas in July” at Creek County Fair Grounds, and Kate completed the Natural Fiber Center Canadian Wool Judging Certification for Levels 1 and 2 at Olds College, Canada. Level 2 of the Olds College U.S. Master Spinner’s program was finished and put in the box, and she accepted the position of the 1st Secretary for the American Teeswater Sheep Association. In 2008, she was elected Secretary of the Natural Colored Wool Growers Association–a position she still holds.

 

Kate’s involvement in the fiber and shepherding communities is not purely a personal journey, but is also a professional one. She joined the Natural Colored Wool Growers Association (NCWGA) a year after she began her own flock and has been an enthusiastic member and supporter ever since.

 

In 2014, Kate and Michael are busy organizing and sponsoring their eighth annual “A Fiber Christmas in July,” a fiber festival which celebrates all types of fiber arts and which has grown a bit each year.

Perhaps at the core of things lies not only Kate’s own joy in the animals, fibers, and processes associated with fiber crafts such as spinning, but a firm belief in educating, training and simply enabling those who share her passion. Javier is an outstanding example. At five, this young and very dear friend of the family had been showing sheep for 3 years. The Lowders gave him a lamb from a set of quadruplets and Javi took on the responsibility of bottle-raising the ram lamb. Javier and “Tough” went to Tulsa State Fair and won the Champion Ram in the Coarse and Long Wool Jr Division. While soccer is now at the front of Javi’s mind he still spends a lot of time on the farm with the sheep and involved in Kate’s Sheep and Fiber Adventures

 

 

 


To contact Lowder Colour Farms:

Kate Lowder
19477 Indian Road
Kellyville, Oklahoma 74039
USA

cell: 918-688-3365
e-mail: kmlowder@aol.com