Shave Em to Save Em

The Livestock Conservancy has a new initiative to bring together Fiber Artists and Producers of Heritage Breed fiber. There are currently 22 breeds of sheep on The Livestock Conservancy’s priority list. In order for these breeds to be saved from eventual extinction, there needs to be a market for their products. Worldwide, breeds of livestock…

Maremma Sheep Dogs

Known in Italy as the Maremmano-Abruzzese Sheepdog, these dogs are bred to protect large herds of sheep from wolves. Here on our farm, they stay busy protecting our herds of sheep, goats and chickens from coyotes, bobcats and hawks. We’ve had Jack for a little over two years now, and have had no loses from…

Sheltand Sheep

Shetland sheep originate on the Shetland Islands off of Scotland.  They come in one of the widest ranges of color of any sheep. They also come in a variety of color patterns.  They are considered a “primitive” breed, as they are just as they were centuries ago, unchanged as many modern sheep breeds are.  They are…

Gulf Coast Sheep

Gulf Coast Sheep (Gulf Coast Native) originate in southern United States and descend from Spanish sheep brought by explorers in the 1500s.  They are a multipurpose sheep that is used for meat, wool and milk.  Their wool varies from medium to coarse, though we have found ours to have a medium fleece that spins into…