Our flock consists primarily of purebred and cross-bred Corriedale sheep that produces a beautiful array of high-quality white, silver, grey, black and other naturally colored raw fleeces. The fleece is highly prized by handspinners and fiber artists.
Corriedales are best known for the high quality wool (fleece) they produce. The breed was developed over 100 years ago in an effort to establish a true dual purpose breed, combining the best traits of the wool breeds and the meat breeds. The result is a sheep that excels in productivity, yielding a heavy valuable fleece and a high quality carcass. Corriedales are also known for their mothering ability and their ability to forage under a variety of climatic conditions. You can learn more about the breed by visiting the American Corriedale Association website.
We have cross-bred our flock with Romney, Lincoln, CVM and Border Leicester sheep. Cross-breeding allows us to produce amazingly beautiful ranges of color, luster and staple length. Crossbreeding also adds hybrid vigor to the flock. Crossbred baby lambs on the average are more vigorous and have a higher growth rate than purebred lambs.
We shear our flock late winter/early spring just before lambing season begins. Each fleece is carefully wrapped until we can skirt it prior to sale. Skirting is a process of cleaning the fleece of any debris and undesirable parts of the fleece. Our fleeces are heavily skirted so that our customers get only the finest quality raw fleece. The finished fleece can weigh between 5-plus pounds for lambs up to 9-12 pounds for ewes and rams.
We primarily sell all our fleeces at the annual the Shepherd’s Harvest Festival held in Lake Elmo, Minnesota over Mother’s Day weekend. We post a list of available fleeces in April once we have completed shearing and skirting. Customers can “reserve” a fleece and arrange to pick it up at the Shepherds Harvest Fest. We also can mail fleeces to you with an additional charge for postage.