Our first sheep we’ve added to our farm are a lovely pair of Finn and Finn/East Fresian crosses. You can read below about these breeds and why I believe they are the perfect addition to our herd.
Finn sheep wool has unmistakable luster and softness in all shades of color. While the fleece is lightweight (5-6 lb.) it is highly praised by hand spinners as it blends easily with other fibers, has a long staple (3-6″), and a wool spinning count in the 50′s (24 to 31 microns). The breed as a whole has a friendly disposition. The Finn sheep tends to have greater tolerance to heat and cold than most domestic breeds. They exhibit greater foraging ability, enjoying leaves and brush as much as cultivated pasture. The breed is a year-round breeder and is renowned as prolific breeders producing multiple births, the Finn sheep regularly has triplets and quadruplets if not more. They are naturally polled (no horns)
East Fresian Sheep
East Fresian sheep originated from the Friesland area in northern Germany and Holland. They are known as one of the top dairy sheep breeds around and is also a popular sheep to cross breed with other breeds to improve their milk quality and production. The East Friesian ewes are excellent milk producers. They are able to produce roughly 300-360 liters of milk over a lactation period of 200-300 days. They are well suited to almost all climates, relatively docile in terms of temperament, and very alert to their surroundings. They are also naturally polled (no horns)
The other breed that we raise are Shetland Sheep. We have 5 of these small sheep currently. Shetland sheep are calm and charming in disposition, docile, and intelligent. They are a smaller sized heritage breed. They have a wonderful fine, soft and strong fiber perfect for hand spinners.