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. In addition
we produce our own yarn which we sell in our Gallery and online. If you
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, the 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
flock was established in 1990. Over the ensuing years our operation has
grown in size and evolved in its emphasis. For many years the
typical year in the life of our sheep began in mid-October when we
selected certain ewes and separated them into different groups based on
age, color, and
genetics. Each group was then placed with one of our rams and the
breeding season began.
breeding period extended until early November when we brought the sheep
into and around the barn for the winter season. By this time, the
should all have become pregnant. The rams returned to bachelor quarters until
needed again the following fall. The
from early November until the end of February is a quiet time.
The sheep are busy eating and sleeping. We are
busy spinning and weaving their wool into wonderful items for the art
approximately 150 days the pregnant ewes would have their lambs.
Lambing during mid-March and early April was a hectic time for all of
us...sheep and shepherds. In
late April or early May, depending on the grass growth, the ewes and
lambs were placed on pasture.
As of 2015 we can no longer offer breeding stock for sale. For
a number of complex, yet interrelated reasons we made the difficult
decision to no longer breed our ewes. We truly miss the excitment and
joy with the arrival of new born lambs, but it is time for us to move
on. The flock still
grazes fresh pasture from May well into November.
shear our flock at the end of February or early March when our shearer
visits the farm. The entire flock is shorn in about two days. Our
shearer does an excellent
job of shearing -- no nicks on the sheep and the fleece is in one piece
with no small bits of wool in it. We immediately take off any of the
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
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.