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Mountainspun Farm & Fiber Arts Eweporium, P O Box 1002, Jacksonville VT 05342
Web site: http://mountainspunfarm.tripod.com
I have always been fascinated with color and design. Since Childhood I have loved and rescued every type fuzzy creature I came across. So it was no mystery that I graduated from Kean University of NJ with a BFA in Fine Art Textiles; graduated from Nash Academy of Animal Arts as a Certified Animal Care Management Specialist and later an ASI Certified Wool Classer; became a member of many hand spinning, weaving, knitting, dyeing and felting guilds; and then found a way to live that encompassed all of the things I love the most! Thus Mountainspun Shetland Sheep Farm where I live and Love the most wonderful breed of little sheep, delight in the day to day care of them, lambing season and the joy of seeing new "adoptive" families go home with beautiful friendly lambs from my farm to start or improve flocks of their own. Studio and farm hours by appointment.
Items for sale: Breeding Stock, hand spun, Louet Spinning and Weaving Equipment, Fiber Art & Supplies.
Thistle Keep Farm, Iowa
Thistle Keep came about when I finally realized a life long dream of learning to hand-spin. It seemed a short step from purchasing fleeces to having my own flock. The variety in fleeces (color and texture) of Shetlands is perfect for spinning. Their size (I can handle them) and independent nature also suited my lifestyle well. Originally co-owned with a good friend, the Shetlands quickly rearranged my life to suit themselves.
My sheep interests led me to a job at Premier Sheep Supplies (as equine salesperson) which required a relocation from San Diego to SE Iowa. Quite a change for everyone!! I brought my Clydesdale mare and five Shetlands with the intention of slowly growing my flock. But I couldn't pass up a fantastic opportunity to purchase a local flock and portion of another so quickly burgeoned to twenty-four sheep with a wide variety of color, texture and fleece type.
Here at Thistle Keep Farm I'll be busy getting pastures renovated, fences up, and the barn remodeled/built. Presumably, they will be busy grazing, lambing, and growing nice fleeces.
Items for sale: Fleece/wool products and breeding stock - single or double coated in wide variety of color, including non-fading black
Robin and Margaret McEwen-King
Middletown Farm, home of Galtress Shetlands and Tamworth/Berkshire Pigs, Scotland
Middletown Farm high in south central Scotland is home to the Galtress flock of pedigree Shetland sheep ‹ no colour bar here! Many of our sheep were bred on Shetland and we try to bring some down each year. We tup 70-80 breeding ewes, colour to colour, aiming to produce very high quality breeding stock with extremely fine wool. We show sheep and wool at major Scottish Shows being lucky enough to win Scotland's premier show, The Royal Highland, in 1997 with our male champion and again in 2000 with another male. In 1999 we had the female champion. Our fleeces won the Royal Highland and the Great Yorkshire (England's premier wool show) in 1999 and 2000 as well as the National Show and Sale in England. Robin loves to go to spinners guild meets through the year, while Margaret makes shepherd's crooks at stick classes.
All rams and many ewes are DNA profiled for scrapie resistance. We run a commercial Texel/Beltex flock, a fiber flock of Polwarth, Merino, Ryeland, Herdwick and Jollys plus interesting crosses providing wool for weavers and spinners (exported worldwide).
Pedigree Tamworth and Berkshire pigs supply us with wonderful bacon and pork and are much sought after for breeding.
Lynn & John McKay
Woollyacres, RR#1 - 5802 Riverside Drive, Melbourne, Ontario N0L 1T0
We have been breeding Shetland sheep for a few years now. Our focus is on good conformation, soft fleeces and spots. All of our sheep are very tame and many come when called by name. Most of our Shetlands are sold as breeding stock but we have wethers which we keep as fibre pets. I am a spinner and knitter so I love the Shetland fleeces but I still find that their number one quality is their endearing personalities.
To help us manage our sheep, we have several border collies (which we also trial and breed). The Shetlands are quite the challenge for the dogs which is just what they like! We also have two gelding llamas and an alpaca which we use for their fiber and as guardians for the sheep. We have recently started breeding purebred Dorpers and Dorper crosses which are great sheep for training the dogs on because they are much calmer than the Shetlands. The Dorpers are the money makers on the farm and help me maintain my Shetland habit!
Home Farm, Duncan, B.C., Canada
Home Farm is located on the edge of the beautiful Cowichan Valley on the southeastern end of Vancouver Island. We began our flock with five moorit ewes in the fall of 2000 and have expanded to many colours and fleece types. I am the principal shepherd in our family and had never owned sheep before but it didn't take long to develop a fondness for the girls. I am interested in producing a wide variety of colours on sheep with excellent conformation and also enjoy spinning their lovely fleeces. I sell raw fleeces and rovings that are processed locally, as well as breeding stock.
Hopeful Shetlands Farm, Embro, Ontario, Canada
I have a flock of registered Shetland sheep,#320, and I live on a small acreage in Embro, Ontario, Canada. I first learned of these precious sheep from an article in Harrowsmith Magazine and after contacting Carolle Dailley, was the proud owner of two bred white ewes. I find sheep people to be a very enthusiastic group and generous with their knowledge. My flock numbers over fifty now and I love to spin the wool, sell breeding stock and wonder every year what colour will I get this time. I've met many other Shetland breeders over the years and enjoy everything about sheep.
Lois and Brook Moore
Stonehaven Farm, Halfway, OR
Phone: 541-742-5548 FAX 541-742-4312
Greetings from Stonehaven Farm!
Our "horse-powered" farm is located in Eastern Oregon at the foot of the majestic Wallowa Mountains. Here our flock grazes on lush pastures irrigated by snow-melt from the mountains. We decided on raising Shetlands because of their lovely spinnable wool, but these sweet sheep quickly found a place in our hearts, and we can't imagine our lives without them.
We offer handspinner fleeces and roving in all Shetland colors, as well as exquisite Shetland wool blankets. Select breeding stock is occasionally available.
William R. Mordhorst
Stone Ridge Farm, P.O. Box 452, Garrison, New York 10524
Stone Ridge Farm is my escape from life in New York City, where I grew up, studied and worked in Human Resources and psychotherapy. Except for several years of study in Europe, and childhood fantasies, I never expected to leave. After growing tired of life in the city I picked up and moved, built a small house and started raising animals. Its been quite an adventure, but I haven't regretted it for a moment since 1995.
Stone Ridge Farm is a small farm carved out of 8 wooded acres in New York's Hudson Valley. It officially came into existence when I bought my first two Shetland sheep in 1998. My current flock is 5 rams and 15 ewes, registered Shetland and Icelandic sheep: white, black, moorit and spotted. My breeding stock comes from Cabbage Hill, Sheltering Pines, the former Pride and Joy Farm and Nordicsheep in Virginia. I also raise Rhode Island Red chickens, Rouen ducks, Toulouse geese, and Labrador Retrievers.
With the help of a friend and partner, I will be expanding my operation to offer breeding stock, fresh chickens and eggs and seasonally, ducks and geese. In the Spring/Summer 2001 I will have Labrador Retriever puppies available.
Jeff and Julie Owens
Sheep Hollow Farm and Fiber, Estacada, Oregon (flock #691)
Email: jkowens at bsn1 dot net
We started in sheep in the '80s, developing markets for lambs, pelts and fibers as our flock size grew. We moved from five acres to our present forty acres. Then, as we aged, our flock size diminished. It was at the Black Sheep Gatherings that we became acquainted with Shetland sheep. Once, walking by the show ring, we saw a husky gentleman enter the ring with a sheep tucked beneath each arm. Jeff said "If we ever get more sheep, they have to be that size!" As a fiber artist and teacher of spinning, weaving and dyeing, I was already acquainted with the Shetland’s wonderful fiber.
Our grass continued to grow and we found we needed more sheep. Before long there were six new ewes in one of the pastures. Soon the six were joined by a ram. Our current goals are to breed for personality, conformation and what we consider as correct horns coupled with the finer, double coated (primitive style) fleeces in black, gray and silver shades.
Items for sale: fleece, prepared fiber, sheep breed notebooks, Lanaset dyes, dye kits and dye notebooks
Franna Pitt and Dave Lawniczak
EverRanch Farm, Auburn, Washington (between Seattle and Tacoma)
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EverRanch Farm is home to a small flock of registered Shetland Sheep (3 adult ewes in 2003) and Scottish Blackface Sheep (5 adult ewes in 2003). Our goal with the Shetland sheep is to produce a sturdy, agile, personable sheep with a variety of wool types and colors. We often have breeding stock, locker lamb, raw and processed fleeces and pelts available. We welcome visitors by appointment.
Bonnie Brae Farm, West Branch, Michigan
I have been raising Shetland sheep since June of 1996. I have a small flock of about twelve ewes, two rams and three wethers. I work as a nurse and find the morning chores very relaxing after a busy night. I am also a spinner, knitter and beginning weaver. I feel fortunate that my favorite fiber to spin is Shetland wool and the variety of natural colors are wonderful as well as the white wool takes dyes so beautifully. I love the personality and sometimes the feisty behaviors of my sheep and consider myself truly blessed to have such a self-indulgent life surrounded by sheep, dogs, cats and spinning wheels.
I have also been able to be a part of a fiber festival that is now in it's second year. It is held in West Branch and is called the "Northern Michigan Lamb & Wool Festival." If anyone has any interest in attending please feel free to contact me at the email address above.
Stuart and Lynnette Rotramel
Milk and Honey Farm, Atwood, Illinois
We moved to our farm in 1999 and currently own a few registered Nubian Goats, Llouie the guard llama, a pony and Sicilian burro, 14 bee hives, and the Shetlands. We also have 2 Aussie/ Lab mix dogs and an Old English Sheepdog. We began breeding Shetlands in 2000. We love the variety in Shetlands but prefer the long, soft, loosely crimped, more primitive variety. We are also partial to the Moorit, Mioget, and Black colors and the Katmoget and Yuglet markings. We generally keep a flock of about 20 - 25 breeding Ewes and several rams.
Stephen Rouse and William Eatmon
Sheltering Pines, 3031 102nd Ave, Allegan, MI 49010-9734
We are Stephen Rouse and William Eatmon. Sheltering Pines is 36 acres of an original 80 acre farm that has been in my family for probably more than 130 years. My 88 year old mom lives with us and the farm has come down through her family.
We raise Shetland sheep and Nigerian Dwarf Goats. Our Shetland flock numbers presently at about 100 sheep. We are focusing on Shetland sheep of good color and especially rarer spots and patterns as we feel it is important to not lose these wonderful markings from the gene pool in Shetland sheep.
We joined the USDA Voluntary Scrapie Program in February of 2000 as we eventually will probably take advantage of using imported semen from the UK on some of our flock. (We're hoping semen from spotted or patterned rams will soon be made available!)
We usually have breeding stock for sale as well as fleeces, roving and some woven items. I spin and knit. Bill is a weaver and also spins.
We enjoy visitors so if you are ever near our farm do stop in!
I’m the Newsletter Editor for the SSBG in the UK, and the “author” of That Poster which NASSA members have taken up in such encouraging quantities! Our flock was started in 1982 with three coloured ewes, since then it's grown to twenty-five (and a ram lamb) on a very small piece of land ... too small! The flock is *all* coloured - blacks, moorits, greys, fawn and grey katmogets, smirslet, krunet, and yuglet. Ages from 9 months to 14 years. We prefer fine-boned animals with fine crimped wool, and have produced a few Champions and Champion fleeces of this kind. Our blacks seem to do very well, have won Best Black Trophy at our national Show and Sale four times ... the latest winner has gone to Robin in Scotland who is well known to the list.
I’m a spinner and knitter, so most of the best wool gets used at home. Our 1990 ram (the late) “Cedric” was sire to (now the late) “Greyling” who has been AI sire to some nice lambs in US. We'd love to hear news of the F1 and F2 generations etc. And to cheer on anyone breeding “coloured” Shetlands, especially those with markings.
Skagit County, WA (north of Seattle)
My name is Donna Schoonover, and I'm a Shetland sheep owner/breeder in Skagit County, WA (north of Seattle). I have one breeding ram named Loki with a gorgeous musket fleece. I have five breeding ewes and assorted friendly lambs and wethers. With this breeding plan, I can produce a variety of colors of wool including black, grey, musket, moorit and white, and this variety is what I'm striving for.
Holly and Zack Shaltz
Shaltz Farm Shetlands, PO Box 136, Boyne City Michigan, 49712
Phone: 231 582 3206
We are Zack and Holly Shaltz of Shaltz Farm Shetlands (and angora rabbits and eggs and meat and market garden and all things fiber including classes and consignments), located in northwest lower Michigan. Our flock philosophy is to raise healthy sheep as free of chemicals as possible. To that end, we are members of the Michigan Scrapie Risk Reduction Program, and genotype all our sheep for their scrapie resistance. We have had two whole flock OPP tests, both coming back 100% negative, and we'll continue to check randomly in the future. We have no foot rot, no Orf....in short, we have healthy sheep!
Bill Stearman (farm shepherd) & Gene Ouimette
Willow Garden Shetland Sheep Farm
1742 County Road 17, R. R. # 2, Milford, Ontario, K0K 2P0, Canada
Willow Garden Shetland Sheep Farm is located on 20 acres of land in Prince Edward County, Ontario. It is home to NASSA Flock 1001 and is also a Bed & Breakfast, and an Art Studio.
Specific goals for the growth of the Willow Garden flock are:
We usually have quality breeding stock available for sale.
Twin Springs Farm, 100 Twin Springs Lane, Avonmore, PA 15618
The adventure began in 1975 when my husband and I bought a 90 acre farm devoid of anything but a pre civil war farm house and 60 acres of corn or quackgrass. Since then we've converted the 60 acres to pasture, erected a couple buildings, and built a couple miles of fence. We began raising black angus in 1981, added Shetland Sheep in '98, Mammoth Jackstock in '99, and White Galloway cattle in 2000. We're delighted in the Shetlands for all the same reasons the rest of you are. They are way more fun than the cattle! When we got our first Shetlands I couldn't imagine myself spinning but the idea of making something from their wonderful wool grabbed me and wouldn't let go. Besides I needed a sample of Shetland wool in a knitted garment to show people how incredibly soft it is. As a result I spin a bit and even participated in a week long spinning demo that I organized at the county fair last summer. We've been taking our sheep to festivals or fairs to introduce them to the public who is always delighted in these small colorful friendly sheep.
For sale: breeding stock, some with new English genetics, clean fleeces for hand spinning, rovings
Renee Tully & Conrad Tracy
RenCon Ranch, Placerville CA
RenCon Ranch is located in beautiful Placerville, El Dorado County, California. The Sierra mountains are a perfect place to raise beautiful Shetland sheep. Conrad and Renee raise these wonderful sheep, do beautiful spinning, weaving, and demonstrations of Fiber Arts. You can usually find them in places such as Christmas in Coloma.
Conrad and Renee are small breeders of NASSA registered Shetland sheep (flock 748). All of our sheep are on the USDA voluntary SCRAPIE program. The foothills are a great place for raising these wonderful little sheep which are reputed for their soft fleeces are treasured by handspinners. They thrive on limited acreage and require minimum care.
We are fortunate that our animals come from a reputable flock. They represent a variety of colours ranging from white to black.
Winter Sky Shetlands, 1285 CR 510, Negaunee, MI 49866
Phone: (906) 458-5318
Living on 54 wooded acres beyond electricity and having lost plenty of money attempting to find a marketing niche for well-bred Alpine dairy goats, I was looking for an alternative farm animal ten years ago. A dear friend from Ohio suggested Shetland sheep. Since my parents lived within thirty minutes of Zuppanns' Dayspring flock it wasn't long before I did indeed check them out.
The original Winter Sky flock consisted of a ram that had destroyed all previous dwellings by the name of Jack Benny and a bred black ewe I subsequently sold at a major loss. But, I learned quickly and began shopping around for animals with very soft fleeces, pure coloring and good type.
Over the years I've continued to cull heavily for fleeces that make even the inexperienced exclaim and animals that are refined, small and easy to handle. I've never regretted my decision to add Shetlands to our homestead and find buyers are eager to purchase any lambs or mature stock I decide to part with.
My only regret is I haven't found the time to build that hay barn, so I can keep more of the animals I breed each year.
Fibre Works Farm, Alberta Canada
My name is Linda Wendelboe, I have been raising fibre animals since 1995 and breeding Shetlands since 1998 under the name Fibre Works Farm. We are located in central Alberta, Canada. I do have some help from husband and sons from time to time but I am most often a solo shepherd. My Shetland breeding program is focused on great fibre (good horns and temperament being a prerequisite). My personal preference is fine, dark, more single coated fleeces with a great hand but the flock is quite diverse. I am always interested in new bloodlines that will compliment my breeding goals. I am keen on learning more about the genetics of fleece and colour inheritance. I spin, knit, felt and do rug work when I can duck some of my other obligations! You can visit via the net at: www.fibreworksfarm.com
Whitney Acres Farm, 535 Main Street, Ashfield, MA 01330
My husband, Phil Lussier, and I live on a 140-acre farm that has been in my family for five generations. I grew up with dairy cattle and have always raised Morgan horses. We decided to get involved with sheep because they are so much easier to handle than cattle. We picked Shetlands because we wanted to do our part to preserve a minor breed. We purchased our first Shetlands in 1993 thus establishing the first flock of registered Shetlands in Massachusetts. Right now we have 19 Shetlands with more on the way. We are concentrating on black fleeces and shades of grey, and we tend to breed for the more primitive traits. While our farm is not certified organic, we do grow all our own hay, using only manure for fertilizer. In addition to black and grey fleece, we also have breeding stock for sale as well as hay. Visitors are always welcome, give us a call for directions.
Martha E. Williams
Although I do not own any Shetland sheep or any other kind for that matter, I am a dedicated fan and supporter of Shetland wool for hand spinning and knitting thanks to Judy Colvin. I bought my first quality Shetland fleece from Judy and have never looked back.
I enjoy the list although my priorities for Shetlands are far different and much more focused than those of producers. My interest is in the fleece and not much else although information on the characteristics of the sheep are always interesting to read about. But, I could care less about horns and tails and all the rest of it as long as the fleece is meritorious.
Knitting has been a good hobby for me for most of my many years but only within the last five have I been a spinner. It was something I always thought would be fun to do but never had the opportunity to learn until I discovered our local fiber shop gave spinning and weaving lessons. That started me on my present journey which has lead me to try an astonishing variety of wool-the recent Save the Sheep Contest sponsored by SpinOff was my kind of contest-but no matter how far afield I wander I always come back to my favorite Shetland with a happy smile.
Lael, Larry and Nicholas Wilson
Maplewood North, W3476 Cty Rd B, Johnson Creek, WI 53038
We are Lael and Larry Wilson, and, along with our 6-year old son, Nicholas, we are reinventing Maplewood Farm of Johnson Creek, WI. The farm, located in SE Wisconsin, actually had its beginnings in the 1950's, when Lael's grandparents (Rex and Leona Draheim) began their herd of registered Black Angus here. Fifty years later, we have changed the name of the farm slightly, to Maplewood North and we have begun raising registered Shetland Sheep. Our flock is currently quite small, but by the year 2003 or 2004, we hope to be selling both fleeces and breeding stock.
Petersburgh Manor Farm
I discovered Shetlands when I was searching for the perfect wool source to blend with our Pygora goats. We fell in love, put the goats on the back burner (figuratively!) and have been Shetland fans ever since.
Petersburgh Manor Farm is a small CSA, where my husband passionately grows anything that will flower, our daughter raises chickens, and I dabble in anything that has to do with yarn. My current goal is to learn to spin well enough to make our Shetland fleece into something OTHER people would recognize as yarn...
Four ewes, two wethers and still growing!
Mary and Jim Zastrow
Z-Ranch, 1902 Tee Road, Mosinee, WI 54455
Phone: 715-693-6870, fax: 715-693-9559
Our little bit of heaven that we call Z-Ranch is in central Wisconsin. When we moved here in the early 1990's, my Dad built a small barn for my mini horse. We added Shetland Sheep in 1993 purchasing a yearling ram and two ewes. We now have around a dozen, including David, the original ram and Surprise, an original ewe. We are members of NASSA, with flock #201. Our sheep are OPP tested negative.
After separating the ewes before lambing for a few years - with all the problems of an unhappy, lonely ram - we started keeping the ram with the lambing ewes. We found that the ram was not only happy, but also very protective of "his" ewes and lambs. We've continued this policy using two rams now. We regroup them each fall before breeding season. The only problem we've run into was trying to separate David and Surprise! They insist on staying together, fencing not withstanding.
Since retirement, I'm spending more time with my animals, adding a few more mini horses, some llamas, a couple Scottish Highland steers and some chickens. My Dad has his bee hives here and I'm learning bee keeping from him. I've also taken up spinning, weaving and knitting.
Items for Sale: Breeding and pet stock, fleeces, roving, yarn as well as knitted and woven items.
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