The SheepMeet our purebred Corriedales
At Whitefish Bay Farm, our flock of sheep are all purebred Corriedales. Our flock usually numbers around 100 adults, two thirds of whom are a variety of natural colors and the balance are white.
The Corriedale breed is one of the most numerous world wide. The vast majority of these flocks are all white. White is the dominant gene in Corriedales (as it is in most modern sheep). Any color in Corriedales (black, gray, brown, in solid shades or varigated patterns) is recessive and therefore rarer. Most large commercial Corriedale flocks produce only white fleeces as that is the only “color” that the commercial market will buy. Because of these characteristics, the number of flocks worldwide which maintain purebred colored Corriedales is quite small.
While most of our bloodlines originated from a few selected American flocks, we have also introduced some Australian Corriedale genetics through the use of artificial insemination.
All of our flock are grazed on pasture spring, summer and fall. The pastures are a mix of grasses and various legumes (clovers, trefoil and alfalfa). These pastures, in addition to hay made from these pastures, are their major source of nutrition for the flock throughout the year. They are well adapted to a grazing style of management.