Shetland Sheepbreeders List
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Troy and Ellen Allen
Drovers Oaks Farm, 20 Morrison Road, Derry, New Hampshire, 03038
Phone: 603-432-7622, fax: 603-434-0252
Website: (Under construction as we speak) www.droversoaks.freeservers.com
Auto dealer by day, farmer all other times. We have Shetlands and a few Jacobs, 9 chickens, a cat, a Russian Tortoise, and 2 Scottish terriers. In 1998 I cleared 4 acres of land, built a barn, put up fences, reclaimed this hobby farm from what was a sheep farm up until the 50's. Since childhood, I always wanted to live on a farm, and I have been lucky enough to make this dream come true. I take care of animals and putz while my wife uses the fleeces to spin, weave, and knit with her friends in a spinning group. I am grateful for those who make the Shetland list possible.
Mary Ann Anderson
Bono Creek Shetlands, 28750 Wedal Road, Washburn, WI 54891
I have about thirty registered Shetland sheep, and am in my second year of the scrapie program. I did have more sheep, but I got discouraged and sold a bunch after losing sixteen to coyotes in 1999. I have a demanding full time career outside the home and my sheep help me keep a balance. I spin, knit, and weave, of course. I often have sheep for sale. I have a husband who has no interest in my flock, and two teenage sons who help out once in a while.
Laurie's Lambs, 98 Sykesville Road, Chesterfield, NJ 08562
Laurie's Lambs is located in central New Jersey. When we decided on the sheep we wanted, we knew it had to be something special, not common and that I could spin and make wonderful things with. While visiting a friend in Vermont, we came across a flock of Shetlands and our hearts were stolen in that very instant.
In 2004 we started upgrading our flock using UK semen. Our lamb crop has improved dramatically and with it the fleeces. The array's of color, the softness and fineness is more than we could have asked for.
Every year we sell some of our sheep or lambs, fleeces can be reserved (see "The Lamb Shop" on our website) and there is always stud services. Farm visits are always welcome!
Nier Lakes Ranch, RR#2 Crossfield, Alberta, Canada T0M0S0
Nier Lakes Shetland Sheep - NASSA Flock # 598 - is located an hour north of Calgary, Alberta in Western Canada on the edge of the prairie. I started with 4 Shetlands on Family Day in 1998 and haven't looked back since. The flock has grown to 100 - 150 registered ewes running on approximately 300 acres of native prairie and hay-land. I use Akbash and Akbash X protection dogs as I'm in coyote country. The lamb crop numbers about 200 each spring making for some exciting lamb races! I enjoy keeping Shetland sheep and working outside. After visiting the Shetland Islands in 2003, I am committed to continually improving the conformation and fleece quality of the flock while maintaining a complete range of non-fading colours, patterns and markings. My fibre interests include volunteering with Olds College Fibre Week each year.
Nier Lakes offers wide choice in bloodlines Dailley, Flett and UK-AI breeding stock, experience shipping stock as well as semen export and import, Shetland lace weight and 2 ply yarns, handspinners top/roving, raw fleece and freezer lamb. Inquiries and farm visits welcome.
Kev's Korner,17825 Meridian Road, Elbert, CO 80106
Phone: 719-495-3968, fax: 719-495-3934
Our ranch name is Kev's Korner. We have been in Shetlands since 1995. We sell fleeces, pelts, live sheep and locker lambs. Our main focus is to produce quality fleeces in a variety of colors. Our sheep are coated so there is less vegetable matter and more useable fleece. We have won several awards at the Estes Park Wool Market (including Spinners Choice), the Taos Wool Festival and at the Mendicino California Wool Show.
George and Debbie Benedict
Rural Shades Farm, Torrington, CT
We first became involved with "rare" breeds of sheep while living in Williamsburg Virginia 20 years ago when everyone there was looking for appropriate 18th century "period" plants, animals, and you-name-it, for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Our interest in heritage breed conservancy and plant conservancy continues and since we moved to Connecticut in the early 90's we have been keeping Shetlands, Jacobs and Oberhsali's and have had a try at a few different fowl from time to time. All of this is supervised by our two tireless Australian Shepherds.
Our flock waxes and wanes with the seasons but averages about 50 mature ewes and assorted rams. We have had the good fortune to travel a bit in the UK and the US and have tracked down Shetland enthusiasts wherever we go. This year marks the culmination of a three year project to identify, collect and import semen from UK rams in collaboration with Cauldronlea Farm in Scotland. Details can be found at www.coloredshetlandsheep.com or email us.
Kathy and Gus Berghoff and Family
Berghoff Family Farms, Avilla, IN
Berghoff Family Farms is 9 years old and counting. What started out as a 4-H project has turned into a much larger production. We have a flock of 22 registered Shetland sheep and a flock of 15 registered North Country Cheviot sheep. Just this past winter we acquired a Welsh paint pony, a Shorthorn steer (4-H project), and 2 alpaca gelding and 1 llama gelding. The alpacas and llama are being boarded until we are able to finish the barn addition this spring.
We have not started marketing the fleece from the animals as yet, but hope to do so soon.
In addition to raising sheep and others species, Gus is a machinist and welder. He makes all our equipment. Kathy is the Executive Director for the Indiana Sheep Association. The four children are all involved in raising and showing the sheep. We don't always win our shows but we are spending quality time together. We have found that sheep people are the best.
Romyldale Shetland Sheep and Sheepdogs, LeRoy Michigan
My name is Kathy Belville. Flock Number #22. I got my start from Linda Zuppann, Dayspring Shetlands, first with Shetland Sheepdogs then with sheep. My flock is small, but I select for fleece quality, sound structure and hardiness. My white fleeces (Farrah and her descendants) are exceptionally fine, my moorits are of a more uniform quality, neck to britch. One of my emsket ewes produces a more primitive type fleece. Farm visits are always welcome. Visit the dogs and sheep at our web site.
Alan S. and Cheryl R. Bias
Pine Valley Farm, 426 Whispering Pines Lane, Florence, MT 59833
We are located in The Bitterroot Valley, Ravalli County, Montana, 25 miles South of Missoula. Our Classic Shetland flock is being selected for consistent, soft, fine fleeces of moderate length. All stock is heavily UK influenced. They contain the elite genetics of: Island Kurkigarth Brent, Drum Ram, Drum Jings, Campaign Timothy, Enfield Greyling, Greenholme Holly, Willowcroft Jamie & Heatheran Lightning.
Limited genetic focus is geared towards linebred multi-generation moorits, in addition to black and fawn katmogets. Our current ram battery consists entirely of maternal bred F1-4 moorit sires descending from Island Kurkigarth Brent. We normally winter 20 bred Shetland ewes in addition to a flock of Soay Sheep.
No priority is placed on retaining genetics from any single foundation female. Retention is solely based on the individual's desired characteristics and annual performance. As a result each animal competes against the entire flock for breeding rights.
Visitors and inquiries are always welcome. Select stock for sale. Transportation possible. Please call/email for details or check our website for periodic updates on the flock.
Homestead Acres, 6720 Ainsworth Rd., Ionia, MI 48846
Phone: 616-527-5910, fax: 616-527-5910
I have about 40 Shetlands of various colors. I also have Icelandic sheep and alpacas. Homestead Acres is foremost a fiber farm. We also have other rare breeds of livestock. This 120 acre farm has been in the same family since 1887. Besides the livestock I also produce hay for sale and have a horse boarding facility. Farming is how I make my living (no outside work). I am also involved in starting up the Michigan Shetland Sheep Organization. This will be a statewide organization emphasizing Michigan breeders and owners and their wool and wool based products.
Little Country Acres, Wilmington, IL
I've raised various breeds of poultry since I was a child, and always dreamed of someday having my own farm. I cannot imagine a life without animals. We have a small flock of registered shetland sheep and registered "babydoll" southdowns. We still raise poultry on a small scale, and have a few pleasure horses for trail riding. In our sheep, we breed for sound conformation, good lambing/mothering skills, and hardiness. We also prefer a variety of fleece types, staple lengths, and colors in our shetland flock. I am also very much interested in some of the less common color patterns, the spotted sheep being my personal favorite.
We are located in N/E Illinois, south of Joliet. Visitors are welcome. We offer breeding stock, pets, and raw fleece for sale. Our flock is enrolled in the voluntary scrapie program, flock IL2679F. NASSA flock #1033.
Shady Oaks Farm, 32908 Florence Ave, Creswell, Oregon, 97426
Phone: 541-895-2119, fax: 541-895-2246
Shady Oaks Farm in Creswell, Oregon is about two hours drive south of Portland. We have a small farm dedicated to raising friendly, very woolly sheep for handspinners. We have a wide variety of colors and textures of wool available on the hoof and in the bag. We take particular pride in our breeding rams, they are structurally sound with elegant fleeces and charmingly sweet personalities. Rams with an "attitude" are never used for stud and never leave the farm (except in a casserole).
Our sheep are shown at the Black Sheep Gathering, the State Fair and the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival in Canby Oregon. Our flock has done very well in the show ring, but our biggest delight is introducing people to the fun of owning these joyful little spirits who enrich our lives with there antics and the lovely gifts of soft warm fleece. We welcome visits to the farm with a phone call to arrange a time.
Gates Mountain Shetlands, Montana
Web site: http://www.gatesmtnshetlands.com
I'm Cathy Campbell and have a ranch north of Helena, Montana. I run primarily cattle, but also have about a few hundred Shetland and Shetland cross sheep. My official excuse for having Shetlands is to use them for weed control. The real reason is because they are so cute, I couldn't resist.
I have a Peruvian sheepherder, Denis Casas who herds the sheep in the mountains during the summer. Even with livestock guard dogs, we have to pen the sheep up every night in the high country because of the mountain lions. We move the pen once a week to keep from hammering the grass too much. For the last six summers, drought has been a real problem and we've had to haul water to the sheep. In the winter, the sheep come down from the mountains to the hay fields and eat whatever the elk and deer have left for them.
I have for sale registered sheep, fleece and combed top in various colors
Painted Knoll Farm, New Hampton, New Hampshire
I got my first Shetland, actually a Shetland/Border Leceister cross, approximately nine years ago at a local fair (I HAD to have her); the rest is history. I manage my flock for fleeces and the sale of animals to spinning flocks, as pets or breeding stock. We also share our space with three Australian Shepherds, a BC, two guard/pack llamas, three horses, various guinea fowl, chickens, cats and whatever else happens our way.
We live on 12 acres of ledge and trees in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire - an area so bony and rocky that we have only managed to carve out two one-acre pastures. We consider grazing recreational because the soil is too rocky, sandy and poor to support much grass. Hay is fed year round. To see them playing up on the rocks and ledges and munching on shrubs and trees is to see these primitive little guys doing what comes naturally to them. It is a constant joy.
This farm is my dream and my life. I grew up on the West Coast where farms and ranches consist of hundreds and thousands of acres...but this little rock is mine and I wouldn't trade it, or my little beasties, for the world.
Deborah & Stephen Claffie
Tylerfarm, Limington, Maine 04049
Tylerfarm is a small 40 acre family farm in southern Maine, 30 minutes west of Portland. I am the farmer at heart and this farm is my full time job. I have a small flock of Shetland and Finn sheep, and some crossbreds as well. I am addicted to spinning/weaving and everything else that involves fiber. We are breeding mainly for handspinners fleeces hoping to offer a variety of colors and types in the near future.
We have a small herd of Hereford beef cattle in addition to an equestrian boarding/training facility. We raise guinea fowl in the spring/summer for tick control and for sale. I raise two large gardens and harvest and preserve as much as we can each fall.
My husband, myself, our two sons and my Dad and Mom make up our small family. We share our house with a dog, two cats, and two parakeets. We have an abundance of barn cats, an old hound that is the property guardian and a Farmcollie that lives with and protects the sheep. We like nothing better than sharing our farm with others. If you are ever in our area, please don't hesitate to come for a visit.
This year we offered beef, pork, lamb and rabbit for sale as well as Guinea fowl.
Bill and Heidi Clarke
Willow Island Shetland Sheep, Box 274, RR#6, Saskatoon, Sk, Canada S7K 3J9
In 1997 our neighbour, who was affiliated with Rare Breeds International, encouraged us to visit Jean Flett if we wanted to see "some interesting little sheep". We went there only to see something interesting, not with any intention to get hooked. But get hooked we did. One short afternoon with these wonderful little animals, and, as they say, "the rest is history".
After the fencing was done, we got our first two ewes and a ram lamb from the Flett Flock. Of course, the growth of the flock has been exponential ever since. It is hard not to fall in love and shop when we visit other Shetland flocks. The land that we live on was not cultivated but was grassland. It was free of chemical applications and we have continued to follow that course. Our animals are raised without vaccinations or chemicals and are fed feeds grown right here on our farm. Bi-annual lab results have shown that we have had no incidence of disease or parasites to date.
We sell breeding stock, fleeces and processed wool.
Bitterroot Ranch, 8538 Kerns Rd., St. Ignatius, MT 59865
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
We started with Shetland sheep in 1991 and still think they are great little sheep. Spring 2001 will see us lambing out about 50 adult Shetland ewes. I was delighted to be able to attend the Shetland 2000 conference in the Shetland Islands last fall and would heartily encourage anyone who has the opportunity to visit Shetland to make the trip. As a result of my trip, I've decided to focus more on breeding for intense color and will continue with my line of Dailley katmogets as well.
I'm a handspinner and knitter and love the full range of fleece types we find in our Shetland flock. We also raise Dexter cattle and Bluefaced Leicester Sheep. We are doing some crossing for market lambs with a BFL ram on some of the Shetland ewes. Last year was our first year to try this and I was quite pleased with the lambs I was able to ship and really pleased with their fleeces.
We welcome visitors to the farm.
Items for sale: Breeding Stock, Wool Products, Ashford Spinning Equipment and Weavables for Kids
Fire Ant Ranch, Elgin, Texas
at the farm going into our 9th year Shetlands & now Black Welsh Mountain horses (I ride dressage), ducks and many, MANY cats. Spin, Knit and Weave - basically anything fiber. I love to go to the various fiber festivals for the travel as much as for the fiber fun. And yes, I do sell stuff.
Items for sale: Fibers and Yarns. Journey, Fricke and Majacraft Wheels
Cedar Haven Farm, Oregon
Phone: 503- 631-3106, fax: 503-631-8855
Because of my desire to pursue a fiber flock and with some angora goat and llama experience I entered the Shetland Sheep world in 1992 when flock numbers were two digits. My first sheep flew to my farm from Michigan as bred ewes. I maintain a flock size that fits my five acre farm -- between 7 and 9 ewes and a couple of rams. There is still a ten year old esteemed senior citizen sheep on the farm with registration number of 17.
My goal is to raise nice, healthy sheep with great fiber. Over the years different rams have been used to keep the bloodlines varied and interesting. I like the varieties in this breed. I enjoy having multiple colors and also multiple fleece types. I find that people who are attracted to this unique sheep are interested not only in their wonderful fiber and breeding potential but also in their well known friendly "sheepy" personalities. One of my major goals is to produce "hands-on" tail wagging friendly lambs.
I always enjoy opportunities to chat and share learnings with others and of course my sheep always enjoy meeting people. Do not hesitate to call and visit.
Items for sale: Each spring there are approximately 12 to 15 Cedar Haven Farm sheep looking for new homes
Odessa Farm, R.R. 3 Union Road, Charlottetown, PEI, C1A 7J7, Canada
Phone: 902-672-3036 (Atlantic Standard Time)
I have been raising Shetland Sheep since 1994. I also raise and train Akbash Dogs to protect my sheep. My husband and I co-wrote a book, "Livestock Protection Dogs, Selection, Care and Training", published in 1990, which we hope to update this year (2001). I manage a web site (www.whitelands.com/akbash) and I am the registrar for Akbash Dogs International. I am also on the board of the PEI Sheepbreeders Association as past president and this year I am the president of the PEI Writers’ Guild.
Blue Hays Shetlands, Whidbey Island, Washington
“Hello, I'm your new neighbor. How would your son like to join sheep 4-H? I know where you can get a Shetland wether for free!” ... That, in a nutshell, is how I got involved in raising Shetland sheep four years ago. I hadn’t any desire in keeping livestock of any kind and had moved to this little island in Washington state’s Puget Sound to live our lives more simply ... sound familiar?
Today, waiting for my little colorful flock of ewes to have their lambs is what enlivens us to build more fences, more feeders, and clean the barn every weekend and many hours of the week as well. All ten ewes, and my two handsome rams, have perfect names for their individual personalities. Summer is a blur of fleece and sheep shows and excitement when we come home with a fistful of awards, anxious to get ready for the next one.
We find that because our family, our two sons, myself and my husband, are also a family involved in bagpiping and drumming, the Highland Games circuit is interconnected with the Shetland sheep circuit, though I couldn't have imagined it at the onset of this enterprise!
We love “entertaining” visitors, as long as you can put up with the din...and have many gorgeous breeding stock for sale each spring. However, please contact in advance!
John and Jane Eager
Highland Hollow (Flock #229), Wisconsin
My husband John and I live on an 80 acre farm in the rolling hills of Wisconsin. We started our farm in 1993. Flock #229. We presently have 16 breeding ewes 2 breeding rams 2 wethers and 8 yearling rams. Along with our sheep, we have Highland cattle, Dominique chickens and peacocks just for fun…not to mention the 1 barn cat, 1 house cat, 1 old Pomeranian and our very helpful Border Collie. My husband and I both enjoy spinning. I love to knit and we go through lots of mittens, hats and sweaters. I think the Shetlands have a lot of personality and I appreciate their hardiness and easy lambing. We farm naturally and never use chemicals on our land. We sell breeding stock, meat, wool, tanned hides, skulls and yarn.
Visitors are always welcome. We love to talk about our Shetlands and Highlanders.
Shahbazin Anatolian Shepherds and Shetland sheep, Jamul, California
My husband, Mark, and I live in southern California, and have a small flock of Shetlands. We bought my first couple of ewes in 1997, and now have two rams, a wether, and seven ewes. I have whites (w/reddish faces and some red/greyish on legs), greys (black legs and head), solid blacks, and moorit. I also raise rare breed poultry, and Anatolian Shepherd dogs, the latter I use to guard my sheep and poultry. I think that Shetland sheep are neat animals, and really enjoy the personalities, fleeces, and general hardiness and spirit of mine.
Underhill Farm, NASSA Flock #11, Spencer, Indiana
My first sheep were bought out of an advertising tabloid. After all, what do city people know about buying sheep? We bought a 2-year old ewe and her twin ewe lambs. Then we went to look at three more sheep. Talk about dumb and dumber! The seller raised horses, and knew nothing about sheep. We were no better. She had them penned in a horse stall, so my husband managed to catch one. When he went to check teeth, he declared the sheep to be defective as it had no teeth on the top. The lady selling them promptly dropped the price. Well, we bought the "defective" sheep, only to discover that sheep do not have teeth on the top. Like I said...city people. I've learned a lot since then.
One of the things that I learned, was that I prefer Shetland sheep. In 1991 I purchased my first Shetland ram. I now raise only registered Shetlands. I have used artificial insemination from the UK import to introduce new genetics into my flock. My focus is to produce quality F2 (second generation) breeding stock for the US market.
In my real life, I am a technical writer. I currently write parts catalogs for heavy equipment transmissions. I have two sons and three grandchildren. I have established a small flock for each of my grandchildren for their college funds.
Hidden Acres/North Woods Farm, 158 Emond Road, Caribou, Maine 04736
We moved from Ohio to northern Maine in July 1999. We brought our flock of Shetland sheep and herd of alpacas with us. That was quite a trip. We have a 200 acre farm that is very scenic. If you have never been to northern Maine, you should make the trip. It is definitely God's Country. I have never seen such a beautiful place. Being a winter sports enthusiast is certainly a plus for making the winters more fun.
We sell Shetland sheep, alpacas, fleeces, and some alpaca wool items. At this time, we also have a guest house available for rent. Please come visit!
Shepherdwoods Farm, Marseilles, Illinois
Shepherdwoods Farm is located in Marseilles, IL about 65 miles southwest of Chicago, IL. On five acres we raise Shetland Sheep, Finn/Rambouillet Sheep, a few Angora Goats and few more breeds of sheep and Angora Rabbits. We currently have 20 Shetland Sheep that we breed for their wonderful wool in many colors and as breeding stock. This year 2003 we will have lambs from 3 bred ewes arriving in late March and early April.
Our Shearing Day event known as A Clothe Faire will be on Saturday, March 22. 10 - 4. For a current brochure, information about the fiber shows we attend or a list of the freshly shorn fleeces and wool roving we have available for hand spinner and fiber artist please contact us via email or visit our website. Thanks for visiting Shepherdwoods Farm, Chris Greene
Dave and Rachel Gunther
Lamb'Z Own Acres, P.O.Box 381, Nashville, Ohio 44661
We've been raising sheep for 10 years, Shetlands for eight....
Our little homestead includes Jersey Wooly bunnies, Nubian dairy goats, and assorted other critters, but our main focus is healthy, sound sheep and exquisite handspinning quality fleeces in a variety of textures and colors.
We homeschool our seven children, all of whom enjoy the sheep and their fiber to one degree or another...the Shetlands have been our most fun educational endeavor by far...:-)
Each of our sheep were carefully selected then bred for overall soundness and fleece quality. Our daughters are spinners and weavers, and crochet and knit if they have time... our 18 year old son shears, tans hides, butchers, and turns the loveliest hand spindles on his lathe :-). We've been studying genetics this past year, especially as it pertains to color and horns... and the little ones love the lambs as well as the wool...;-)
We live on 10 acres in the heart of Ohio's Amish country. In the spring, God willing, we will have lambs, bunnies, and baby goats for sale, as well as a few raw fleeces.... we also sell our custom made shawls and hand spindles...Come visit!
West Hill Woolies, 1245 West Hill Road, Wallingford, VT 05773
We have had an "empty nest" for the past 10 years and, since the nurture thing was still, there we decided to raise Shetland sheep to keep the pastures viable and the humans hopping. We keep about 15-20 sheep each year and breed about 6 ewes. Every year we say that we will stop breeding, but the lambs are sooooo cute and the grandchildren, and neighbors, and chance visitors enjoy them sooooo, here we are again with lambs due mid-April.
Items for sale: breeding stock and fleeces raw and processed
Meadowland Shetlands & Cots in the Meadow, 2149 Tittabawassee, Hemlock, MI 48626
Hi, I'm Teresa Harrison of Meadowland Shetlands in Hemlock Michigan just west of where the thumb joins the mitten between Saginaw and Midland. I'm usually a lurker on the list and am very appreciative of all the sharing that goes on. I bought my first bred Shetland ewe in December of 1997 and followed her the following year with two new ewes and a ram. My Shetland flock now numbers ten with eight ewes and two rams. Its the expanse of color that keeps the numbers rising. Besides Shetlands I've been raising Cotswolds since the mid-80's and find the difference in wool and temperament both a delight and frustration. When I first began with sheep it was for the calming distraction it provided from raising our three sons and working. As I've gotten more proficient with spinning and more recently started to weave I'm enjoying these activities also. The list provides a good sense of community and is a great resource!
Mystic Knoll Farm, Coupeville, Washington
Hello! We have a small farm on Whidbey Island (just south of the San Juans; north of Everett) in the Puget Sound, with Shetlands and Jacobs and other assorted live farm necessities...Approximately 10 of each sheep breed, although that varies from year to year. We started with a few Jacobs in '92 and added Shetlands in '93. I love the history of these primitive breeds, as well as their fleeces and delicate appearance. I always seem to have some sheep for sale, as well as pelts, yarn, roving, fleece, etc. We breed for top handspinning fleeces, correct conformation, and great horns and tails. Visitors welcome. Call or email for directions.
Paul & Diana Hauser
Juniper Farm, PO Box 19 Ward Hill Road, Unity, Maine 04988
Moving to Maine in the mid-1970's provided us with the opportunity for raising a small flock of sheep. We raised registered Corriedales for 20 years and liked them very much, but when we decided to change breeds, we read a great many articles, visited various farms (and breeds) and chose Shetlands.
Our current flock is NASSA flock #702 and consists of 2 two-year-old rams, 1 yearling ram, 6 young wethers, 2 older ewes and 4 yearling ewes. They are primarily black, moorit and mioget. Shetlands have proven to be much easier to handle than our Corriedales. We like their short tails, foraging abilities, ease of lambing and mothering instincts, and friendliness of the animals. Their fleeces are spectacular - soft, fine and in a stunning array of colors. We especially like the blacks and 'golden' browns.
Although my family, farm and my work as a school librarian keeps me very busy, I (and my family) enjoy our sheep very much. Our sheep, chickens and gardens help us keep 'a balance' in our lives and provide enjoyment, exercise and contentment.
We shear twice a year (in March and September) and offer fleeces, roving and some 'finished items' for sale. We also have some breeding stock available and are experimenting with processing a nice yarn.
Veliraf Farm, Conn, Ontario, Canada
Phone: 519 323 3641
Veliraf Farm is located about an hour North-West of Toronto, Ontario. We raise both Shetland and Icelandic sheep, as well as Nigerian Dwarf goats, Dexter cattle, Australian Cattle dogs, and different species of poultry and waterfowl. We are farming without the use of pesticides and other chemicals, and our animals are treated for illness-whenever possible-without the use of antibiotics. We bottle feed many of the babies born here, as it makes for less stressful handling, not to mention very friendly animals.
We strive to produce healthy, friendly, colourful animals, with correct conformation, and of course wonderful fleece. Items for sale: registered Shetland and Icelandic sheep, wethers for hand-spinners, market lambs, raw fleece, registered Nigerian Dwarf Goats.
Eileen and Steve Homoleski
Woolcote Shetlands, 37 Dover-Eliot Road, South Berwick, Maine 03908
Phone: 207- 748-1110
Intrigued by the small size, friendliness and variety of colors and markings in Shetlands, we began changing our small flock over to these interesting little sheep in 1996. We bought our first Shetland, a two year old, tail-wagging grey sponget ram. That next year, we got a young wether and two bred ewes, a black and a moorit. The following spring, each ewe presented us with healthy ewe lambs. Since then, our flock has grown both in size and diversity. It's been fun watching the lambs grow and seeing their personalities develop. We've found the Shetlands to be more challenging than the previous sheep that we kept. They're more alert, curious, intelligent and agile which also means that we've had to be a bit more 'on our toes' in managing them. On the other hand, their well-developed personalities and friendliness are a delight. After twenty years of keeping sheep, we've retired from breeding and maintain just a handful of our favorite Shetlands as pets.
We usually have well cleaned fleeces available for sale.
Kristin and Larry Hopkins
Elements Farm, 14202 N Park Rd, Hurley, WI 54534
We have raised small ruminants for 25 years, but just acquired Shetlands about 3 years ago... looking toward getting them established as my "retirement" flock. I love their small size, their winsome personalities, and their wonderful varied fleeces. I am an addicted handspinner and love the variety of colors and textures that Shetlands provide. At this time we have a small flock of about eight ewes. We also raise Dorsets and Dorset crosses, mainly as market lambs. We are OPP, CL and Johne's tested negative and intend to join the scrapie program in 2001.
Our aim is to raise hardy, healthy, structurally sound Shetlands with good fleeces and excellent temperaments. We pride ourselves on the "socialization" of our Shetlands, so that buyers can be assured of "handle-able" sheep. This is relatively easy to do for us, as we do maintain such a small herd, but has been much appreciated by our buyers!
Elements Farm-Llamas and Shetland Sheep; Fiber and Handspinning; Glass Beadmaking and Fused Glass Art
Joe and Sharon Hudon
Olympic Shetlands, 230 Hudon Road, Sequim, WA 98382
I've been on the list since sometime in May or April. Julie Guilette was the one to tell me about it. Thank you Julie! I've been on asking questions and giving answers that I thought I knew now and then. We (my husband and I) got into Shetlands while he was inspecting for Federal Highways on the Bitterroot Forest Service road on the west fork of the Bitterroot river south of Darby, Montana. A farm at the end of the project had these cute small lambs all by the road. Well, we ended up buying three lambs, one ewe, and one ram. Oh, and since we had a lonesome Austrialian pup, we bought another one from the same ranch, Brenda Mclaughlin, Thunder Mtn. ranch. We now have 18 shetlands and keep them registered by the time they turn yearlings. After reading up and practicing on spinning, I finally decided to take lessons...and it's nothing but fun. I also force myself to get to more guild meetings of the local spindle and weaving group...more fun. I'm sure I've met some of you from the NW section of the U.S. when we attend the Shepherd extravaganza at Puyallup, Washington fair grounds in April. Thank you for this list. I've learned a lot and hope I've contributed some.
Jenni and Dick Johnson
Eolian Farm, Newcastle, Maine
My husband, Dick and I raise llamas and Shetland sheep. We started out a couple of years ago with llamas and I found out that I was a fiber fanatic. I just had to expand into sheep, and the Shetlands won out above all the rest by far! Last summer we purchased our first three Shetlands, one four year old ewe and two lamb ewes. They were unaccustomed to handling, so I have had to be patient and slow with them. This past fall we decided on a ram and wether to add to our flock. They are so friendly, and love to be scratched and cleaned off. They have been helping me get the ewes more approachable too. We hope to have our first lamb(s) this spring, so I am all ears when it comes to anything about lambing.
I like to spin, felt and knit the fiber we shear. Or, just look at and feel all of the fiber in the bags in the corner of my work room! I am very grateful for the Shetlands list and the well informed folks who so generously share their knowledge with us "new to sheep" folks. Thank you.
Kim Kerley and Doug Meyer
Mountain Niche Farm, 397 Deep Creek Road, Chehalis, WA 98532
We started Mountain Niche Farm (originally located south of Hillsboro, Oregon) in 1992 with 2 bred ewe lambs and a rescue guardian dog. During '93-'94, I attended spinning and weaving classes at the Multnomah Art Center and became addicted to the fiber arts.
With life's changes abounding we first moved our farm to Tenino, WA in 1996 and just recently to Chehalis, WA at the end of 2000. Since1997 I have been exploring dyeing and weaving rugs while being the shepherdess. We added Navajo-Churros and a Leicester Longwool ram for luster rug wool and crossbreeding. With the flock expansion has come the use of other rescue guardian dogs for their protection. I now have another Pyr and two Caucasian Mountain Dogs living with our flock of 95.
Other goals have been to investigate and learn about the color genetics relating to Shetlands and keep genetic and fiber diversity in my flock. My long term goal is to adjust my flock to meet my fiber needs and leave the breeders market to others.
Doug continues to provide a stable income off the farm:-) and help with the heavy chores of building, fencing and hauling hay.
Offering for sale: Registered Shetland and Navajo-Churro Sheep, fleeces, processed fiber and handspun yarns, handwoven rugs
& Tim Kinnaman
Wee Sheep Shetland Farm, RR 5 Box 354, Bloomfield, IN 47424
Nancy and Don KrohnP.S. My husband enjoys the sheep (almost) as much as I do!
Bluff Country Shetlands, 11512 Hwy 4, Houston, MN 55943
Nestled in the beautiful "Yucatan Valley" of Southeastern Minnesota, Bluff Country Shetlands is filling a once empty pasture and a void in my heart. The horses were sold, the pasture stood idle, and my best friend in the whole world (Rocky, a Rottweiler - Husky cross) was dead. I needed to find something to make me feel needed.
When I first decided I wanted to raise Shetland sheep, my husband offered to pay me NOT to do it! After much hard work (I had no idea fencing was so hard!), and searching two states, we have our foundation flock. I don't have a website yet but I have posted pictures of my sheep in the "files" section of the Breeder's List. If you are unable to see those photos, e-mail me and I will send you current pictures.
We were fortunate to find outstanding animals for the foundation of our flock. They represent a variety of fleece-types and colors. Our young ram, "Zorro" has a very rare "Yuglet/Sokket/ Bielset" color pattern and a uniform, crimpy fleece. Our Senior Sire also carries a gene for spotting as well as outstanding fleece! Watch for our lambs in the future!
Sheepy Hollow Shetlands, N9166 Hwy J, Iola, WI 54945
We are located in Iola, Wisconsin, which is in the middle of the state, about 25 miles east of Stevens Point. Iola is the home of the "Old Car Show" and the home of many Norwegians who all know where the Shetland Islands are located.
We raise breeding stock, Shetlands are our only livestock, and we pride ourselves in raising some of the finest Shetlands around. We have been breeding for spotted Shetlands and have a variety of other patterns and colors, browns, grays, blacks and fawns.
We do a lot of the local fiber shows, and go as far as Lake Elmo, Minnesota we are a vendor each year at the "Wisconsin Spin In" promoting our Shetlands and selling their wonderful fiber. We also advertise in Spin Off Magazine and sell our fleeces all over the U.S.
Whoamule Farm, 7800 S. Mortland, Clinton, WA 98236
I have a flock of 18 (Jan 2001) Shetlands. I breed for natural color variations and fineness of fiber. I frequently have extra fleeces, breeding stock, wethers, or pelts for sale. I don't have a commercial set-up for processing the fleeces, but will process my fleeces by hand for you as I have time. 2006 finds me with up to 30 sheep on a regular basis...not counting the flux of lambs every spring.
Christycairn Terriers & Shetland sheep on Whidbey Island
Stoneymead Farm, Chester, Vermont
I have nine Shetlands in my little spinning flock, six ewes and three wethered rams. I am a spinner, knitter, and weaver. We have lived in southern Vermont for five years on a 5 acre piece of land that is partly hill and woods. Our home is an old farm house which we have been bringing back to life. My husband built our sheep barn and is the fence and pasture man. His enjoyment of the sheep is quite obvious and they love to see him coming! They have helped him with every single project around the barn.
Heather Ludlam DVM
Windswept Farms, 3051 130th Ave., Hopkins, MI 49328
My name is Heather Ludlam, veterinarian and shepherdess from Hopkins, Michigan. My husband Mike and I have been breeding Shetland Sheep since 1993, when we purchased our 100 year old farm in Monterey Center. I acquired my first Shetlands from Linda and Chuck Zuppann when I was their veterinarian, and I was instantly hooked on the breed!
After many years of trial, error, and aggressive culling we are extremely happy with the quality of our breeding stock. I feel we have very healthy, sound animals with good to excellent conformation. I am a novice handspinner, and have been delighted with the color and quality of our fleeces over the past few years!
We joined the USDA Voluntary Scrapie Program in February of 2000, in order to have access to any new genetics that may become available. However, we are extremely selective before adding any new animals to our flock.
Our farms also boasts two Angora goat does, steers for the freezer, a large horse, a small pony, and a guardian llama. We also have two dogs, seven cats, and two children! Our daughters Sammy (4) and Alex (2) love all the animals, especially the sheep!
Items for sale: Registered Shetland Sheep, breeding stock and wethers for handspinners; fine quality fleeces, rovings and fiber products
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