FAQs

Why do they have coats/jackets on?

Our sheep wear coats to keep their fleeces clean from grass seed, bird droppings, sticks, sap, and any other number of things sheep like to get into.  They are made of a light, breathable fabric so the sheep are not too hot in the summer.  They are also colorful and make distinguishing individuals easier!

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Do you offer farm tours?

We typically offer different events throughout the year that you can get involved with.  As a working ranch, we keep safety as our highest priority, so we don't offer drop-in visits. Feel free to get in touch with us! 

Why do you have so many breeds?

We have multiple breeds who work together in harmony allowing us to provide an incredible variety of fibers to our customers.  We have animals who produce fibers ranging from 16 to 36 micron meaning we can make rugs out of some of our fibers and delicate lace with others.  Each of our flocks is primarily cared for by a specific shepherd who is passionate about the breed.

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How many sheep do you have?

The simple answer, a LOT!  It changes all the time.  As a working ranch, we have ewes lambing, lambs going to new homes, starter flocks traveling across the country, and new genetics being brought in.  We raise 7 purebred breeds.

Do the dogs work the sheep?

Yes, they do!  We have Heelers for herding and Great Pyrenees as guardians.  Both breeds have dramatically different jobs but are incredible at their respective tasks.  Check out our Meet Our Shepherds page for more info!

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