Warm hearts, Strong minds, Capable hands
Grass Fed and Grass Finished
Our farmstead is mainly devoted to the raising of a robust and healthy flock of sheep. The white and sometimes black spotted or brown creatures that dot our valley are a cross of Katahdin/St. Croix, with some Dorper as well. We believe in feeding the sheep the way nature intended, thus their primary source of food is the lush grass that covers the 40 acres of pasture at our farm. Occassionally we may supplement their diet with small amounts of grain, mainly for the purpose of keeping them interested in following our lead. We also utilize rotational grazing to ensure the animals are eating fresh grass and allowing ample recovery time for the health of our land.
Katahdin Hair Sheep
Katahdin hair sheep are a breed developed by Michael Piel of Maine, near Mount Katahdin, after which they are named. He wanted to breed for a flock that would not need to be sheared, but would gain thickness in the winter and shed in the spring. He also was breeding for greater parasite resistance. The result is a very hardy and lovely animal. The Katahdins are known to be good mothers, and we have seen firsthand. They birth and care for their young in the pasture with little assistance needed. Our lambs are not considered ready for slaughter until they reach the age of maturity, at approximately 8 to 12 months. The result is 30-50 pounds of meat that is very tender and mild in flavor. Preparing and cooking lamb is easier than you might think! Grilling and open fire are excellent options as are oven roasting.
Nigerian Dwarf Goats
One of the farm favorites is our growing herd of Nigerian Dwarf Goats. Three does and five little kids are currently running amuck in the field, playing on their sweet little pallet playground. As we get accustomed to these personable goats and learn the ropes of breeding, kidding and milking, we are also experimenting with ways to utilize their creamy, rich milk (very high in milkfat, perfect for making delicious cheese!). Stay tuned for potential share opportunities!