Farm, you will
find a quiet and relaxing corner of Door County. Here, we raise white
and naturally colored Corriedale sheep using sustainable agricultural
practices. Pictures of the farm can be seen at Farm
of the sheep can be seen at Sheep Images
sheep are best known for their wool qualities which are
wonderful for handspinning making a soft, lofty yarn. We sell our wool
directly to handspinners, felters and other fiber artists. If you are
interested in buying wool from us, look at our Fleece
To view our naturally colored yarns or our roving, follow the links at
the top of this page.
wear covers, we call them jackets, all year. The jackets keep the wool
especially clean and also prevent sun bleaching. During the growing
season, our sheep graze new
sections of pasture each day. As such, morning begins with moving
electric fencing to create a fresh paddock for them to graze that
day. They rotate through approximately 17 acres of permanent pasture.
This process is known as rotational grazing or management intensive
typical year in the life of our sheep begins in mid October when we
select certain ewes and separate them into different groups based on
age, color, and
genetics. Each group is then placed with one of our rams and the
breeding season begins. The rams wear a harness with a crayon on it so
that when they mount the ewes they leave a mark. Each day in the
morning and again in the evening, we check on each group and record the
markings -- then we know that in approximately 150 days the ewe will
have her lambs.
breeding period extends until early November when we bring the sheep
into and around the barn for the winter season. By this time, the
should all be pregnant. The rams return to bachelor quarters until
needed again the following fall.
from early November until the end of February is a quiet time.
The sheep are busy eating, sleeping, and growing their lambs. We are
busy spinning and weaving their wool into wonderful items for the art
end of February, our shearer visits the farm and shears all of
the sheep. Our shearer was trained in New Zealand and does an excellent
job of shearing -- no nicks on the sheep and the fleece in one piece
with no small bits in it. We immediately take off any of the wool that
is dirty or stained and place the remaining fleece in a bag labeled
with the name of the sheep. (If you are a handspinner or fiber
artist, look at our Fleece listing for
information about purchasing our wool and being placed on our
in mid March and extending until early April, the ewes are
having their lambs. This time is hectic for us as we try to be present
for all births. Our ewes are excellent mothers and usually do not need
our help, but there is always the chance that a problem may develop. In
late April or early May, depending on the grass growth, the ewes and
lambs are placed on pasture.
sheep spend the rest of the summer eating and sleeping. The lambs
grow to market weight.
We keep several of "the best" to add to the flock.
If you would
like to learn more about the sheep and their shepherds, check out
Dick's book Ruminations of a Grumpy Shepherd. The book
recounts many of our experiences from over 20 years of raising sheep in
Door County, Wisconsin. Along with insights on raising and caring for
sheep and producing quality wool, the book introduces many individual
members of the flock.