|View from the back of our farm|
Our future building site
Our flock management is based on the UK three tiered system. (Or at least as close as we can come to it in this country) This is a system where hill type ewes such as the North Country Cheviot or Scottish Blackface are crossed with a Bluefaced Leicester ram. This produces a hybrid that is said to be more than the sum of it's parts. It has the easy keeping, hardy and great mothering traits of it's dam, coupled with the prolificacy, milkiness and carcass qualities of the BFL. These mule ewes are then crossed with a terminal sire and in our case, it's high index Charolais rams. This produces a fast growing, great market lamb.
|Our replacement Mule ewe lambs|
Our sheep business began with a focus on fibre and the BFL has probably the best handspinner fleece available on the market. Their wonderful fleece characteristics are passed on to their offspring. That makes up the other side of our farming operation. We also market fleeces to handspinners and with the recent purchase of a Pat Green cottage industry carding mill, we are now processing our fleeces into batts for quilting, felting and other end uses.