Iron Water Ranch is proud to be home to many different sheep breeds. We raise purebred registered Romneys, Bluefaced Leicesters (BFL), Columbia, Merino, Corriedale, and Romeldale as well as registered Jacobs and crossbred Natural Colored sheep. Each of these breeds work together in harmony to grow beautiful wool and supply all kinds of fiber for handspinners and crafters projects. Our flock has wool ranging from very fine to long/coarse (16-34 micron). Each of the individuals we keep in our flock are selected to thrive in the wet Willamette Valley, graze, and live long, healthy lives! We focus on sustainable and renewable agricultural practices to best serve our community and the environment.
Iron Water Ranch has been breeding Romneys since the 1980s and have continued to import purebred genetics from New Zealand. As a result, IWR is the proud originator of the incredibly rare moorit color pattern in the United States, which adds a certain quality uniqueness to our flock. The moorit color pattern adds another entire range to color combinations available with Romney wool, and ranges from light taupe to silvery brown to deep chocolate brown. Most moorit Romneys are born a dark chocolate brown and lighten with age. The color pattern is recessive and there is large range of possibilities in how it will appear on the animal, such as variegated light to dark, solid, and As a ranch, we focus on structurally sound animals with good breed type and exceptional wool for our patrons. We offer a small number of moorit and moorit carrier lambs each year. These lambs and/or adults will be posted here. If you are looking for something specific, feel free to contact us with your specifications and we will do our best to fit your wishes.
Romneys were originally imported into the U.S. in Oregon, and they have truly thrived and blossomed here as well as spread across the country to work for purebred breeders, commercial flocks, and for handspinning/pet owners. We love them for many reasons, including and not limited to:
Excellent maternal instincts
Moderate frame size
Beautiful wool and large shearing weights
Thrifty in our wet environment
Romneys are truly easy to care for and maintain body condition with ease. Our operation is mostly grass based when it comes to feeding our sheep. The Willamette valley is the perfect place for sheep to graze.